Side-by-Side Weight Loss Progress Pics: Hindrance or Help?

Written by Angela Atkinson

Weight Loss Progress Photos: Size 10 to Size 8

Here’s my latest progress pic. 🙂

When you’ve got a long way to go on the road to fitness, it can seem endlessly challenging, especially when you’re just getting started. Staying motivated can be as much of a challenge as the actual effort to stay on track with your diet and exercise program of choice.

I have found that taking pictures often (even if they’re pics I’ve taken of myself in a spotty mirror), and putting them side-by-side with older pics in similar poses can be a HUGE motivation.

(Check out the last 4 or 5 minutes of this video to see a whole bunch more side-by-sides.)

For me, this helps me stay motivated because:

1. I get a great visual on how far I’ve come.

2. The old pics remind me that I never want to go there again.

However, it’s important to note that not everyone finds this kind of visualization effective. Some say they actually get rid of their “fat” pictures because they feel that keeping any reminders of their “old selves” can cause them to backslide into old habits.

“On one hand, they’re excellent reminders of why you should stay on track and continue on your path to a slimmer, healthier you,” writes SheKnows blogger Rolla Bahsaus. “But on the other hand, they can be painful reminders of what you used to feel like when you were heavier, and any sadness or negative feelings you felt toward yourself might not melt away with the weight.”

So how about you? Do you feel that side-by-side weight loss progress pics are helpful as you move toward your goal, or do they cause you more harm than good? Share your thoughts in the comments section, below.

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