The Most Incredible Body Transformations

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The 5 Most Incredible Body Transformations

Instagram is a wonderful place when it comes to motivating yourself to lose a few pounds. But not everyone wants to lose weight, which is why we are all for the women who have taken an alternative approach to the body transformations we see so often. These ‘reverse transformations’ show women who are much happier in the bodies they’ve got now, having gained weight, either through building muscle or simply by calming down their intense diet and fitness plan. And for them, it’s turned out to be the true answer to good health in all its forms…

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#TRANSFORMATIONTUESDAY BACKWARDS EDITION! Okay enough with the obnoxious caps. So, I’ve gained weight 🤗. Also, I’m really HAPPY and I am not beating myself up! Since my lowest, I’ve gone through a number of life events, both positive and negative, that have tested my dedication and will power. Sometimes I won, sometimes I came in second (there’s no losing when you’re working on YOU). At my lowest I was at a place where I was eating a lot of foods I did not enjoy, and I was unhappy, which is part of the reason I “let loose”. •• Here I am again to stress to you that I don’t not have it all figured out. I am human, like you, and I slip up, like you! And here I am to remind you that this is normal and a natural part of this journey. It is a roller coaster. And you’ll always be finding your way. •• I’ve stayed happy this whole time because I’m always working on my mentality. As I always say, we must love our bodies in all states, at all times! Throughout this journey you will ride highs and lows, but you will never fail and will always come on top of you keep working on YOU. So if you’ve gained some weight DO NOT FRET. This is normal and you are not “failing”. You know what you need to do! And so do I. But am I upset right now? I am absolutely not. Because I have been killing my workouts, been gaining so much strength, and strengthening my relationship with myself. •• On that note, I am documenting my journey to getting back to a place where I feel most comfortable with myself. I do not have a goal of loosing a certain number of pounds, but I have a goal of building back a healthier relationship with food, finding a healthy balance, and keeping my binges under control (because this is the hardest part for me – I love working out) – – and I’m filming it all for you … to keep it real, and to show you that anything is possible. So keep your eyes peeled for that! I love you all so much, and I wish you a beautiful week 💜💜💜 Always keeping it real for you, and always thanking you x 100000 for your support.

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After pushing herself hard to shed pounds, fitness influencer Jovana Borojevic found herself feeling truly underwhelmed. “At my lowest [weight] I was at a place where I was eating a lot of foods I did not enjoy, and I was unhappy,” she wrote. So she bravely encouraged herself to relax the intense regimen, and instead focus on the things that made her happy. “I’ve gained weight,” she wrote. “Also, I’m really HAPPY and I am not beating myself up!” The Instagrammer continued her body positive message, writing: “Am I upset right now? I am absolutely not. Because I have been killing my workouts, been gaining so much strength, and strengthening my relationship with myself.” And, let’s face it, that’s the most important thing.

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Lately I've received a number of messages around weightloss advice and questions about which diet I followed for Miss South Africa. I want to give you honest feedback: I never followed a specific diet, but I made drastic lifestyle changes and literally trained my butt off. The picture on the left was after 5 months of intense training and absolutely NO carbs, red meat or alcohol. Chocolates, cake and sweets were swear words! I trained 2 to 3 hours a day and I even worked cardio sessions in over weekends. My boobs shrunk 2 cup sizes and my period stopped. On this specific day of the picture, I got home, freezing after the shoot, and I had a baby apple for dinner. From the picture on the right, more than a year later, I want to say, it's NOT worth it to fight a daily battle with food or your body. Bodies are different, we can't all look the same. Instead of having #bikinibody unrealistic-nonsense-goals that are being spoonfed to us on a daily basis, strive towards being the healthiest and happiest version of yourself (mentally and physically). Don't fight against something that is part of who you are. Self acceptance is a relationship that you have to work on daily. Be sure to make your body your new best friend. Light and love! #bodypositive #bodypositivity #bodyconfidence #loveyourbody #dietculture #unrealisticgoals #bebodyaware #healthnotsize #beautybeyondsize #droptheplus #everybodyisbeautiful #swimwear #bikini #curves #iamallwoman

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A few years ago, Marciel Hopkins lost 2 stone 2 in a bid to be crowned Miss South Africa. But after putting herself on a strict diet and training for 2 to 3 hours a day, she didn’t feel anywhere near as good as she’d hoped. “My boobs shrunk 2 cup sizes and my period stopped. On this specific day of the picture, I got home, freezing after the shoot, and I had a baby apple for dinner.” Marciel gave up her regimen and insists “it’s NOT worth it to fight a daily battle with food or your body. Bodies are different, we can’t all look the same.”

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Happy #transformationtuesday my loves 💓 when I told you that I used to be so skinny with matchsticks legs I was not lying 😂😂😂 I genuinely used to be so skinny it was crazy 🤦🏽‍♀️🤦🏽‍♀️🤦🏽‍♀️ so here's my 4 year transformation. From skinny to strong 💓💓💓 #gainingweightiscool I couldn't be happier with how I currently am looking and I much prefer stronger Amie to skinny Amie 💁🏽 also can we appreciate the over filtered before picture 😂😂😂🤦🏽‍♀️ back in the bebo stunnah days when filters were very very overused 😂😂😂 anyways I shall leave this here! Picture 1: a skinny Amie who over did it on the cardio and ate very little VS Picture 2: a stronger Amie with much more muscle, who lifts weights and that eats much more food! (Carbs have my heart ❤️) HAVE A GREAT EVENING ALL💓🤗

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Student Amie gained two stone of weight in four years after realising she wanted to be “a stronger Amie with much more muscle, who lifts weights and… eats much more food”.

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shedding weight and toning herself

Jolene Jones spent months shedding weight and toning herself up to compete in bodybuilding competitions, until one day she’d had enough. “A six pack didn’t make me happy. I was never enough and always needing to improve,” she said – so she let go of her rigid diet and exercise plan and hasn’t looked back since.

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I know I've shared this before but I'm sharing it again because it seemed to resonate with a good amount of people. . On the left was a couple weeks after I had broken my jaw, and had lost over 10 lbs. initially. On the right is a week or so ago. Now, I have never been someone to fixate on my actual weight, I didn't even own a scale until last year. But, for whatever reason, seeing that lower number on the scale messed with my head a little bit. I knew I needed to gain back the weight, but I think there is this automatic association that weighing less is somehow better. Obviously this is not true but I think that has been engrained in us by society. And to be honest, I knew I needed to gain back the weight but I didn't see the hurry. I didn't think I looked unhealthy. I thought I looked fine…lean even. It wasn't until I saw this photo on the left that I remember thinking, "oh, shit…definitely do not have a butt anymore" 😂 Which yes, is funny to an extent…but ☝🏼 it's also a little scary how something can be so engrained in us (a lower number on the scale) and us embody that without even knowing it. . Even for someone who doesn't use a scale (I just weigh myself for macro adjustments), I do understand how the number on the scale can have a big impact on someone. So I just really encourage you guys to adjust your goals based on what you see in the mirror and how you are feeling about your body (if that makes sense). Yes, the number on the scale CAN be an indicator of progress, but it is NOT the only indicator. I look at these photos and on the right is someone who is healthy, happy, confident, and those are the things that I strive for. Those are what will make your progress meaningful, not the number on the damn scale 👊🏼 #screwthescale #gainingweightiscool

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When nurse Claire Maxwell fainted and broke her jaw at work, she lost a stone. But when it came to putting the weight back on, she decided to use it as an opportunity to craft a strong and healthy body in the gym with the help of weightlifting.

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Former model Liza Golden-Bhojwan illustrated just how much her body changed after she stopped “fighting” it to fit the industry’s ideals, and shared how much happier she is now.

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#tranformationtuesday . Haven't done one of these in a 🔥 minute! 1. First off I want to say #gainingweightiscool these two picture are 3 years apart. 2. #screwthescale a simple number does not define who I am?! The picture on the left I weighed 115, the picture on the right which is my current weight of 140. Do I care that I'm 25 pounds heavier than what I was before? NOT ONE BIT. I am stronger, healthier, and all around happier. 3. Why do people think that a number is going to bring them happiness? I know I wanted sooooooo badly to be 115 for so long and when I was above that I was so angry with myself. WHY?! ITS JUST A NUMBER!! I'm not letting a simple number justify MY happiness and neither should you! 4. Instead of weighing yourself to see if you are making progress…TAKE PICTURES! They are so much better because you can physically see the difference. I see a huge difference in my arms and legs and I'm damn proud of that. Be proud of how far you've come and give yourself a compliment every once in awhile it's good for the soul ✌🏼✨🌞💛🦋

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Jess can feel her body getting stronger in the 3 years since she realised “a single number does not define who I am”. Nowadays, she’s ditching the scales and has found herself “stronger, healthier, and all around happier”.

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2014- unhealthy. 2015- unhealthy. 2017- HEALTHY🖤 My #transformationtuesday as real as it comes. I usually cut out the bikini part of my journey, because Idk why but I feel kinda embarrassed. Thats not because of the sport it's self, I have a lot of respect for people who do it, but more because when somebody with a current or past eating disorder approaches me for comp prep- I immediately turn them away, but… I did it myself🤦🏼‍♀️. I went from anorexia, to recovered, to back into, what I'd describe as a more controlled eating disorder. I'm 2014 and 2015 I had an obsession. Obsession with food, exercise and my body. I thought I was of optimum health while competing. But there is nothing more unhealthy than putting so much stress on the body and mind to be low body fat %. I lost my periods, my hair fell out, and I was super emotional. My journey as a whole is what taught me a huge lesson on health. I realised that health isn't a number on the scale, nor how lean you are. Health is feeling energised. Fuelling your body with nourishing food and exercising regularly. It's having a healthy outlook on fitness and not letting it consume your life. It's having your hormones regulating properly. Healthy is when you're functioning at your best in all areas of your life🙆🏼 Don't loose the meaning of health, while trying to be healthy 🤦🏼‍♀️🖤 #transformation#selflovein6#annorexia#bikinicompetitor#recover#fitfam

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For personal trainer Victoria, her journey to gain weight was not an easy one. She suffered from anorexia (depicted in the first picture), and a year later (in the middle picture) she had developed an “obsession with food, exercise and my body”. While she believed she was healthy at the time, Victoria now knows “there is nothing more unhealthy than putting so much stress on the body and mind to be low body fat %…It’s having a healthy outlook on fitness and not letting it consume your life”.

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My transformation *January 2016->Recent (2017) A HUGE 50-60pound difference (85->140lbs) 💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼FOOD IS FUEL! In the past I struggled with restriction for many years! Looking back I laugh, I will never understand how I ever convinced myself that being "thin" would bring happiness and help me feel like I would be accepted. Little did I know that lifting weights, not killing my body with HOURS of cardio everyday and eating enough would get me to the body I had ALWAYS wanted. Most importantly lifting has gotten me to live my dream of just being HAPPY and HEALTHY! 😀I've completely turned my life around and found that FOOD IS KEY to success for getting stronger, building muscles, and becoming healthier overall. I hope to show everyone that IT IS POSSIBLE TO ACHEIVE ANYTHING! Make a list of your goals, NO EXCUSES! Just go, start working for them! Send me a message with any questions, I want to help everyone achieve their goals because you're all amazing and so worthy of being fit and happy 😊 #transformation

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Looking back, Mackenzie Forbes “will never understand how I ever convinced myself that being “thin” would bring happiness and help me feel like I would be accepted. Little did I know that lifting weights, not killing my body with HOURS of cardio everyday and eating enough would get me to the body I had ALWAYS wanted.”

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Hey babes! It's been a while since I introduced myself and a lot of you have asked about my personal story. So here goes… My name is Allie. I'm a mommy to two cute toe-heads and a pup, wifey to my high school sweet heart and lover of the beach. As you can tell, I spend a LOT of time in swimwear, confidently living in my size 16/18 body. But it hasn't always been this way. I spent most of my adolescence as an overweight, shy teen trying to avoid any situation that pushed me outside my comfort zone or put me in front of people. I worked desperately hard to lose weight at the age of 14, when I began my first diets, restricted eating and over exercising habits. I equated happiness to thinness. That once I was able to fit into hollister jeans I'd be the popular outgoing girl I thought I wanted to be. For 12 years I spent my existence completely consumed by my size. Fluctuating 100 pounds over the decade. Constantly comparing myself to others and never feeling enough or worthy. Even as a size 2/4 on my wedding and honeymoon, I could only see my perceived flaws. After the birth of my daughter in 2012 I had visions of her growing up and looking exactly like me. I verbally said that I wished that she wouldn't look like me. And at that moment I realized that I needed to change…not only for myself, but for my entire family- especially my children. And so I took the first steps to trying to find myself again, uncover my purpose, and retrain my mind to see beauty instead of imperfection. Over the course of the next 3 years I poured myself into the self help section of the book store, attended seminars, paid for expensive online courses, and began my spiritual journey. I constantly pushed myself to do exactly the things that scared me most, and the more times I immersed myself into the things I had been avoiding, it became my new normal. And one day, after seeing one too many transformation Tuesday photos of a grumpy fat woman turning into a happy thin woman, I looked back at my own journey and realized it happened to be exactly the opposite of what we are taught to believe. My hope is that these reverse transformation photos allow one person to find happiness NOW!

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Going up 5 dress sizes might be a negative thing for most people, but not for Allison Kimmey. After years of feeling uncomfortable with her shape, and dieting as a result, she finally realised her attitude had to change when she had a baby daughter. Now it’s all about embracing who she is rather than wishing she was different.

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🤷🏻‍♀️WHO ARE YOU DOING THIS FOR?🤷🏻‍♀️ . When I put these two photos together this morning I was momentarily worried that people would see this as a #reversetransformation and I contemplated not posting it 😬 I feel like Instagram is full of images of women getting smaller/leaner/thinner and the fact is, I have gained about 3kg since starting at the gym last August. The old me probably would have picked apart the photo and worried about the comments I'd receive on it. But the truth is, I actually really love the things that have come with gaining a bit of weight….. 🏋🏻‍♀️I can now lift weights. As recently as January this year I struggled to squat or deadlift 40kg. Now I can squat at least 90kg and deadlift 110kg 💪🏻 🥙 I eat the food I love (within moderation 😉). Last year I tracked every single thing I ate and would get quite agitated if I was eating out and couldn't track my food. Now I eat A LOT more food and I have a better understanding of the kinds of food I need to eat and when. If I can't track a meal, my world doesn't end. And sometimes I don't even track at all 😱 #foodislife 🏋🏻‍♀️ I enjoy my training. At one point last year I tried to take up running to get leaner. My knee hated it and it just wasn't enjoyable. I had to force myself to do it. The fact is, you are much more likely to stick with something that you love doing. By lifting weight and doing occasional cardio, I've found a sustainable way of training that allows me to eat the foods I like, increase my strength and maintain a healthy weight. It's ok to change your goals. It's ok to try different ways of eating and exercising until you find a way that is sustainable and makes you happy. I can admit that I did things that didn't work for me or weren't the healthiest in the past because I saw someone else doing it. Just remember that you are doing this for you and no one else. So if you don't want to run, then don't run. If you don't want to eat kale or quinoa, don't eat it! If you don't want to track your food, then please don't! Again – you are doing this for you. ❤️ (@lifebypi Carlos makes a cameo again 😘) . . #screwthescale

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She may have gained 3kg, but for Carina, more weight = more strength.

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Can I be cringe and say I got emotional when I compared these two photos lol 😄 A massive #throwbackthursday to 2015 when I underate, overtrained and genuinely didn't have a bloody clue. I was so unconfident in myself and had unhealthy relationships with food. I never EVER could have imagined that I'd be able to change my body (and my mindset) the way I have, genuinely 😊 I never thought that I "gave enough". I never thought I "did it right" because I wasn't training how she was.. or counting macros.. or eating *clean* enough. I messed up so many times during these 1.5 years of my fitness journey and have always been hard on myself.. but looking back, I'm sooooo proud. And I'm proud to say I'm proud 😊 You don't need to be perfect or even NEAR perfect to achieve your goals and transform you body/life. Sure, you do have to work hard. But I promise you can still mess up, eat the things you love, miss your gym sessions and be a normal human, too. Fitness and ~health~ should be a fun addition to your life, rather than the whole of it. If you take one thing from this caption, its that you only have to eat kale if you like it lol. Fitness looks different on everyone and I swear to god if I can do it, so can you!!!!! I promise (cos I am legit the queen of sleep, carbs, and general laziness) Much love ❤️ #transformation (ps I'm 5'5)

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Over the space of 18 months, fitness blogger Emma O’Neill has gained 10kg, and she couldn’t be happier about it, because she’s proud of the muscle mass she’s achieved. But the most important thing, Emma urges, is to only get involved with health and fitness if it’s “a fun addition to your life, rather than the whole of it.”

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"Wait so you just decided to RUIN your body?" Nah, I just stopped torturing myself every day for not fitting an image I was never supposed to be. · "But you look so much healthier to me before." That's funny, you looked so much more intelligent to me before you equated health with weight and forgot that mental health is health too. · "You could have stayed the same and loved your body, you didn't need to get fat." I could have stayed the same and spiralled back into the eating disorder that almost killed me when I was 15. I could have kept starving myself and obsessively working out for hours everyday but it never would have lead me to self love. No matter how much weight I lost there was always still something to hate. And sure, people don't NEED to gain weight to find their self love, this is just what my body needed to do to match up to my mental freedom. THIS IS MY HAPPY BODY. · "But surely you can't be happy looking like that now, I could never be happy in that body." I didn't think I could either, but as it turns out, happiness isn't a size. And I wasted far too many years believing that it was. Now I'm not going to stop letting people know that they deserve happiness exactly as they are. They deserve to live now, not 10 pounds from now. They deserve that mental freedom. So to every person reading this: I hope you get your freedom too, however it might look. I'll be cheering you on every step of the way. 💜💙💚🌈🌞 P.s. these are all comments I received on my last before/after picture, luckily for me, they just make me want to keep going even more 👊

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Some people say Megan Jayne Crabbe “ruined” her body by quitting her diet and exercise scheme, but she disagrees. (and so do we) “THIS IS MY HAPPY BODY,” she proudly writes – and she looks great.