Take a look at these before and after pictures of men that have lost at least fifty pounds of weight. Most of these men have said to have dropped over 100 pounds and have done this over different time periods from seven months to two years.
You can see this in the photos what a transformation they have gone through. Sometimes when you look at these type of pictures you wonder how real these are, but looking closely at them you can see in their face that the before and after picture must be the same person.
They have even given their own tips and share a little of their story to accompany the photos.
1. Seek balance, not a total life overhaul.
“Early on, I missed food — a lot. Replacing fast food everyday with asparagus and lean proteins made me miserable. So, once a week (sometimes even more) I would have a small splurge. I love cheese fries — like, I really love cheese fries — so if I wanted them, I would build them into my schedule.
“It isn’t balanced to think you can go from eating two double cheeseburgers and fries to eating ‘healthy’ overnight; it also isn’t balanced to do away with junk food forever. Take it as it comes and commit to creating small changes over time.
“I want the weight loss to be something I continue to maintain — I know that, for me, the only way to do that is to have a balanced lifestyle where there are no real exclusions.”
—Phillip Wagner (lost about 135 pounds in a little over a year)
2. Make sure your expectations are realistic.
“I thought about quitting a bunch of times because I knew that my body would simply never be perfect. I knew that I would never have the ‘model type of body’ that they showed on TV and in ads, but once I accepted that it became easier for me to just focus on the best I could be.
“Today I’m glad I didn’t quit because I’m pretty close to where I always wanted to be.”
—Vitor Barin (lost about 67 pounds in a year)
3. For every 25 pounds you lose, treat yourself to new, better-fitting clothes.
“Don’t settle for the trashbag pants look or the oversize Talking Heads–style suit.
“Lose weight, shop to fit, repeat. It’s a reward and feels great to see the waist and shirt size shrink.”
—Matthew Franklin (lost 150 pounds in a year)
4. Use apps, books, and other resources to help you learn healthier habits.
“Couch to 5k is awesome. I used to hate doing anything physical, so the thought of running even for 30 seconds seemed impossible to me. Couch to 5K helps you get over that hump and really helps ease you into longer run times.
“Quick weight loss center really taught me how to pay attention to everything that I was putting on my plate and in my body. They also helped me realize how accountability could be such a huge helper in meeting my goals.
“Also, the book It starts with food by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig is a fantastic read. It taught me how to pay attention to what ingredients are positively and negatively affecting my body.”
—Mark Pereira (lost 100 pounds in seven months)
5. If the scale or mirror is stressing you out, take a break from them.
“When it comes to self-esteem and comparing yourself to others, it’s easy to look at yourself in the mirror and compare that to the people that you see in movies, or magazines. Anytime that I looked at myself in the mirror, it ended with me ridiculing myself and listing every single ‘imperfection’ that I found 90% of the time.
“The scale also became an obsession. I would weigh myself every day, and if I saw that I had gained a pound since the day before, my self-esteem would plummet. What I learned was that weight can fluctuate daily by as much as five pounds. While using both of these can be useful, I wouldn’t do it often.
“I started to weigh myself once a week instead of daily, and I covered up the mirror in my room, only using it once I had clothes on so that I could check my hair.”
—Collin Sivers (lost 105 pounds over two years)
6. Don’t compare yourself to other guys.
“My staple during my diet was chicken, rice, and veggies. I had, and still have, that in some form everyday. I would switch up the veggies, and cook my chicken differently or with different seasoning — sometimes bread it with whole wheat saltines and bake it. I did fine for a long time eating the exact same thing over and over, but you do need to be able to mix it up every once and a while.
“Having a staple group of foods also helps when you are out at restaurants or parties. You don’t control what goes into them, but for the most part if you get your staples at a restaurant that aren’t slathered in an unknown sauce then you should be fine.”
—Paul Lopez (lost 115 pounds in 15 months)