15 Incredible Weight-Loss Transformations To Inspire You

These before-and-after pictures are guaranteed to wow and inspire you!

Losing weight is probably the most common New Year’s resolution. The start of a new year motivates many to try to create a new and healthier lifestyle. But losing weight isn’t easy and sometimes can feel overwhelming.

If you’re looking for some real inspiration, then take a look at these 15 people who transformed themselves by focusing on their eating, their activity and just an overall healthier lifestyle. These changes (and their amazing photos) are the proof that anyone can change their lives!

1. Airman Reaches For The Sky With New Lifestyle

Mike Daggett (aka FatDag) almost lost his Air Force career due to his weight. At more than 260 pounds, he decided he loved his career, his family and life more than food.

In March 2016, he started on Weight Watchers. Six months later, he reached his goal weight of 175 pounds! Now, he’s a Weight Watchers leader and has his own podcast, WhysAdvice, and website,, where he helps others on their weight-loss journey.

Mike advice: “Losing weight and getting healthy has nothing to do with luck. You have to remain disciplined and focused. Set your sights on your goals and go after it!”


2. Bride-To-Be Ready To Wow At Wedding

Instagram user Sophie (myweddingweightloss_sw) has a goal to be the most beautiful bride she can be. So, she decided to transform her life by eating healthier, moving more and documenting her journey via social media. She’s lost nearly 80 pounds so far and has gone from a size 24 to a 14/16.

3. Woman Keeps Off 90-Pound Loss For Five Years

Katrina (skinnieminnie on Instagram) has lost more than 90 pounds on her weight-loss journey and maintained it for five years. That is some serious hard work and determination. Her posts focus on the changes she’s made, including meal ideas and even challenges she’s faced. Her transformation is incredible!

4. Man Loses More Than 300 Pounds, Finds New Life

Jermaine Gause is loving his life after losing more than 300 pounds. He started his weight-loss journey at 639 pounds. About a year later, he’s down 303 pounds (and going for more) and loving his new life. He was recently featured on “The Doctors” TV show and in “People.”

5. Busy Wife Says Goodbye To Size 16

Laura ( on Instagram) has lost nearly 75 pounds thanks to following a Keto/low-carb eating plan and embracing more activity. She’s gone from a size 16 to a size 4! Wow! Her posts feature lots of delicious meals she prepares. Plus, she talks about how she manages her lifestyle with a busy schedule and a husband who eats differently.

6. A Real Weight-Loss Surgery Story

If you’ve ever wondered what weight-loss surgery is really about, then check out Jamie’s (@416tofabulous on Instagram) posts. She fully documents her journey from pre-operation diet to living her new life. As of December, she’s lost more than 162 pounds and she’s not stopping now.

7. She Lost More Than 300 Pounds Naturally!

Lexi (@fatgirlfedup on Instagram) was looking to “change her life.” So on January 1, 2016, she started a journey that would definitely lead to a major transformation. She has lost 312 pounds since then and has made recent appearances on the “Megyn Today Show” and in the pages of “People” magazine!

8. Mom Makes Life-Changing Decision

Jess Dwiggins (@less_of_jess22 on Instagram) suffered from obesity and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). She knew she had to make some major changes in her life to be healthier. She wanted to be there for her young son and live to the fullest. She consulted with doctors, started changing her eating habits and decided on gastric surgery in November 2016. Now 100 pounds lighter, Jess’ success is motivating others, and you can see how happy she is about her accomplishments.

9. Woman Proves Losing 100 Pounds Is Not Impossible

Mandy (@makeup4mandy on Instagram) calls herself a “work in progress.” However, she’s already lost 100 pounds thanks to getting back to basics with her food and boosting her activity. As a makeup artist, her job is to make others look incredible. But her own personal transformation is stunning!

It always seems impossible until it's done -Nelson Mandela❤️. Oh, how impossible it all felt for me 100 pounds ago. The excersise, eating healthy, going to the gym. I didn't want to walk in front of anyone, let alone excersise in front of anyone😳Watching the scale move soooo slowely when I still had sooooo far to go 😫 I know many of you can relate. I get messages so often telling me so. I can only say don't stop trying. Never give up. You can do it. I know it sucks. I know It's hard. I know it seems impossible…..but it always does until it's done ❤️ #transformationtuesday #weightloss #weightlossjourney #weightlossinspo #fitness #fitfam #transformation #fitspo #fit #weightlossmotivation #fitnessmotivation #health #fitspiration #inspiration #motivation #bodybuilding #training #healthy #beforeandafter #losingweight #weightlifting #weightlossgoals #goals #workout #gym #weightlossstory #weightlosstransformation #slimmingworld @ig_transformations @igtransformationpage @howtotransform @transformfitspo @weightlosstransformations

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10. Two-Time Transformation Winner

Mary Maxwell’s (@maxwel1ma on Instagram) 164-pound weight loss has gotten a lot of attention. She’s been recognized by websites and publications for her incredible transformation. In fact, she’s earned a place in top 10 weight-loss transformation lists two years in a row! How did she do it? A combination of healthier eating, surgery and exercise.

I used to dread Halloween! All of my beautiful friends would dress up in these sexy costumes, wearing next to nothing… while I was stuck as a scary monster or would try and cover up as much as possible. As I lost weight, friends would ask why I never wore “adult” costumes to parties and honestly, I just never felt the need to and wasn’t comfortable enough to do so. Now, after losing 165lbs and having multiple skin removal surgeries, I’m confident enough to dress up! I could dress up in a costume where I show off my new body, but I choose to wear costumes that show who I am inside, not outside…if that makes sense. I can wear a costume like this and feel 10x more beautiful than I would if I wore less. A friend messaged me after I posted this costume on my Facebook and asked why I don’t show off my new body and I said to her, “I am showing off my body by wearing a tight dress and do not need to dress scandalously to feel beautiful and confident. I can be myself and be modest.” She then said to me that I am “wasting” my new body and should show it off 🤦🏻‍♀️😒🙄….ummmm no. But thanks you for sharing your opinion which no one asked for! 😂 Growing up I would say, modest is hottest and now as an adult, I still feel that way…..most times 😜 #Happiness #confidence #OperationLoveYourself❤️

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11. Fabulous After Four Years

Erica (@purtyrycan on Instagram) started her journey toward better health back in 2013. She started out at more than 230 pounds. Today, she is documenting her change into a vegan lifestyle and continuing to lose weight.

Good afternoon ☺️. I hope you all are doing wonderfully & enjoying your weekend thus far. . I’m sharing yet another side by side (2013 – 12/16/2017). . It has been 4 years since I began my health journey… in which I have tried everything under the sun to get to where I am today. ☺️ for those reading this, if you are just beginning your journey, be aware that it may be challenging but I urge you to educate yourself and be patient. I went the slow route because I wanted to make sure that I did not gain my weight back. I refused to go back to the unhealthy life I was living (physically/mentally/emotionally). . Currently in my journey, I went 🌱 VEGAN🌱, have learned patience, self love (I’m still working on this), dealing and controlling my anxiety, & in a happy and loving relationship with God, boyfriend (more like MAN lol) children and family. I’m living in a state that I’ve been wanting to live in since before my children were thought of. . I look at my life as an on going journey where I am constantly learning new things. NEVER give up on yourself and keep pushing ❤️

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Stay focused… live life & NEVER give up!

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12. Mom Makes Time For Herself — Loses More Than 100 Pounds

We all know how busy moms are. However, Britney LaVoie (@britgotfit on Instagram) decided she needed to make the time to take care of herself. So far, she’s lost 145 pounds and continues to work on her weight-loss journey.

13. She’s Now Happy AND Healthy

Haley J. Smith (@haley_j_smith on Instagram) stresses she was happy when she was heavier. However, she knew she wasn’t healthy and wanted to make a life change. Those changes led her to lose more than 100 pounds from her starting weight of 280 pounds!

#transformationtuesday for some of the new followers I got this week thanks to @fitbit for featuring my story! On the left was my proposal day in July 2015 at 280ish lbs. On the right was March 2017 at 170ish lbs. Both girls are happy and loved life, but the girl on the right is just a bit more relaxed and much more healthy! There are lots of ups and downs in this journey, but it's all been worth it! I struggle with motivation and cheat days just like everyone. You just have to balance it out so that the good outweighs the bad! I started slow with changing small eating habits like logging food and drinking more water. I started workouts gradually, too with the Couch-to-5k app. So start your journey today! Who knows where you could be in a year or so! – Shameless plug for My Race, My Pace Virtual 5k! Start your running off with the goal of completing a virtual 5k! For more details and sign-ups, go to the link in my bio! This is the last week to sign up! – Pants are @pucket_pants – #oneworkoutatatime #onedayatatime #onemealatatime #transformation #weightlosstransformation #beforeandafter #beforeandafterweightloss #weightloss #myracemypace #myracemypace5k #myracemypacevirtual5k #virtual5k #virtualrun #5k #couchto5k #c25k #fitbit #fitspo #fitspiration

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It has been a hot minute since I’ve done a #transformationtuesday but today I was just thinking about how different we are as a couple. Both of these pictures were on different vacations. The first one was in New York, we took it really easy, opted for sedentary activities, or just skipped em all together. On the right, we made healthy choices (mostly!), went on extra excursions, and even woke up to hit the gym every morning! We still relax, pig out, and have off days, but it’s so nice to choose what we prefer. We are about to take another tropical vacation to the Galápagos Islands, and I’m so excited to not be held back! I want to zipline without worrying about my weight, I want to hike without getting too winded in the first five minutes, and mostly I just want to enjoy myself without that nagging fear. I love how our lives have changed, and I can’t wait to keep moving forward! • You can still join my Dietbet for full workouts and meal plans by clicking the link in my bio! Message if you have questions! • #transformation #transformationpost #weightloss #weightlossbeforeandafter #beforeandafterweightloss #beforeandafter #nyc #tulum #galapagosislands #galapagos #fitcouple #fitspo #weightlosstransformation #fitspiration #fitnessmotivation #fitnessinspiration #weightlossmotivation #weightlossinspiration

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14. Losing Weight As A Couple

It all began on Jan. 1, 2016, when Lexi Reed made a New Year’s resolution. At nearly 500 pounds, Lexi (@fatgirlfedup) knew her health—and possibly her life—were at risk. So, she and her husband Danny decided to take a weight-loss journey together.

They’ve shed more than 400 pounds between them over the course of three years and couldn’t be more proud of the weight loss they’ve achieved together.

#transformationtuesday -274lbs down since January 1st together for this married couple total & counting! -224lbs for me & -50lbs for him! My favorite thing about this picture is i'm wearing his shirt in the current photo because it's now too big for him. Also, the fact of how much happier we look. In 1 year we have become completely different people mentally & physically. We are stronger, closer, & will live longer healthier lives together. This journey isn't always easy, but it's so worth it. Surround yourself only with those who lift you higher. ❤ #weightloss #goals #fit #swolemate #fitcouple #fitfam #fitspo #mealprep #eatclean #gym #workout #losingweight #instafit #weightlossjourney #transform #extremeweightloss #noexcuses #grind #hustle #love #married #nodaysoff #anytimefitness #workout #exercise #motivation #naturalweightloss #traintogetherstaytogether

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#transformationtuesday -406lbs since we set a New Years Resolution to lose weight together 01/01/2016. @discoveringdanny & I were fedup with spending our nights on the couch after work binge watching Netflix & mindlessly eating. We were fedup with existing in life and not actually living. We wanted to be parents one day and knew it wasnt going to be an option if we kept going down the same path. I personally knew at 485lbs if I didnt get my weight under control I may not grow old with my husband and knew he deserved more. Danny never asked me to change or made me feel less due to my size. He has been by my side since he met me at 16 years old and 300+lbs. He has always loved me no matter what size I was. He never made me feel any less at 485lbs than he does at 173lbs and I loved myself enough to know nobody ever should. Find someone who sees the greatness in you even when you dont see it yourself. We all deserved to be loved and to feel beautiful as he made me feel no matter what size! Fall in love with taking care of yourself and surround yourself with those who lift you higher! New Years has passed but its never too late to change – start today! ——————————————————————————— Get paid to get lean in 2018! Fedup & ready to start 2018 fighting back for your health? Next dietbet starts 1/7/18! I joined my first dietbet in January 2016 when I started my journey & it helped me change my life! Time to change yours too & make those resolutions stick! Lose weight, share tips/recipes, giveaways including fedup tees, @realgoodfoods @doughbardoughnuts @proteinmilkshake, & get paid!  Link in bio or #goals #motivation #fit #fitfam #obesetobeast #weightloss #weightlossjourney #motivation #fattofit #swolemate  #dietbet #diet #plussize #fitspo  #countingcalories #motivation #fitness #gym #anytimefitness #fitspo #losingweight #weightlosstransformation #transform #gymlife #fitnessmotivation

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15. Patient Persistence Pays Off

When Jack Abboudi (@jack_gets_fit) began his weight loss journey, he weighed in at 368 pounds. Over the next two years, he lost more than 160 pounds following a ketogenic diet and incorporating exercise.

Today he is a fit 198 pounds. Now, he is motivating others who hope to succeed in becoming fit through his Instagram account. As he says: “It takes time, hard work and patience.”