When people try to get fit, they often use a bathroom scale to track their progress. There are, however, a number of reasons why it's not a good idea. Probably the main one is that your weight only tells how heavy you are, and nothing about your body composition, which is the proportion of fat and fat-free mass in your body. And to make our argument even more convincing, Bored Panda has collected a series of before-and-after photos of people at the same weight but in a very, very different shape. You'll see, there's no need to starve yourself to achieve great results. All it takes is just good old-fashioned dedication. And after you're done scrolling through this list, check out these 28 Before & After Photos That Prove Your Weight Is Meaningless for more inspiration as well.

#1 "If You're Consistent At Lifting And Exercising And Hitting Protein, Don't Quit Because Things Are Happening Whether The Scale Reflects It Or Not"

"If You're Consistent At Lifting And Exercising And Hitting Protein, Don't Quit Because Things Are Happening Whether The Scale Reflects It Or Not"

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Rachelle 4 months ago

THIS is truly inspirational! I've been eating clean and exercising for just over two months now and was disappointed about only losing 10 pounds. My SO took pictures on day one & day 60 and there is definitely a noticeable change for the better! Keep up the great work - you look amazing!

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#2 The Number On The Scale Doesnt Tell The Whole Story

The Number On The Scale Doesnt Tell The Whole Story

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Lorena Magee 4 months ago

less fat, more muscle

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#3 You Know What The Main Difference Is Between These Two Photos? Besides The Underwear It's My Confidence

You Know What The Main Difference Is Between These Two Photos? Besides The Underwear It's My Confidence

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incoherent screaming 4 months ago

And new, really nice glasses

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#4 "Screw The Scale, It Legitimately Means Nothing. It Has Never Reflected My Healthiness Or Fitness Level At All"

"Screw The Scale, It Legitimately Means Nothing. It Has Never Reflected My Healthiness Or Fitness Level At All"

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Blackjack JK 4 months ago

people need to understand that weight means nothing when you are fit. it just means muscle which weighs more than fat but when you are bigger i mean morbidly obese weight means a whole lot. just saying

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#5 Reminder That Long Term Consistency Trumps Short Term Intensity

Reminder That Long Term Consistency Trumps Short Term Intensity

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Laura w 4 months ago (edited)

Except that cardio (about 20 mins per day) helps your heart and lungs to stay healthy, makes you less prone to several types of cancer and most likely will help you avoiding neurodegenerative diseases when you're older. Not saying you shouldn't be doing weight lifting, but looking fit isn't the same as being fit and healthy.

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#6 Don't Forget That The Scale Means Absolutely Nothing

Don't Forget That The Scale Means Absolutely Nothing

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incoherent screaming 4 months ago

Muscle mass!

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#7 We Are Giving The Scale Too Much Power Over Us

We Are Giving The Scale Too Much Power Over Us

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Oliver Casasola 4 months ago

Fat vs Muscle, that's why

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#8 Heavier, Healthier And Proud

Heavier, Healthier And Proud

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SunflowersAreGold 4 months ago

Good job!

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#9 The Scale Doesn't Always Tell Us The Truth, But Pictures Do

The Scale Doesn't Always Tell Us The Truth, But Pictures Do

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SunflowersAreGold 4 months ago

Good job! The scale doesn't matter!

#10 My Body Composition Is Completely Different Through I Weigh Eight Pounds More Now

My Body Composition Is Completely Different Through I Weigh Eight Pounds More Now

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Patty cake ;3 4 months ago

It doesn't matter what you look like, as long as you're happy! Also good for you! :)

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#11 They Say It Takes 21 Days To Create A Habit. It’s That Habit Of Discipline And The Determination Of Wanting To Create A Healthier Life For Myself That Has Been The Backbone Of My Training The Last Two Years

They Say It Takes 21 Days To Create A Habit. It’s That Habit Of Discipline And The Determination Of Wanting To Create A Healthier Life For Myself That Has Been The Backbone Of My Training The Last Two Years

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SunflowersAreGold 4 months ago

You look happier too!

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#12 2014- Burnt Chicken Nugget 2018- Gardein Chicken Nugget

2014- Burnt Chicken Nugget 2018- Gardein Chicken Nugget

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incoherent screaming 4 months ago

Actually really like your face on the first pic, nice tattoos though

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#13 "There Was Nothing Wrong With My Body. But There Was Everything Wrong With The Way I Viewed It, And How I Treated It"

"There Was Nothing Wrong With My Body. But There Was Everything Wrong With The Way I Viewed It, And How I Treated It"

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Lily Grace 4 months ago

Wow!

#14 7 Years On, 7 Rounds Of Bbg Down And About 7 Kg Heavier

7 Years On, 7 Rounds Of Bbg Down And About 7 Kg Heavier

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Catherine Todd 4 months ago

What is "BBG?"

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#15 What You See On That Scale Is Not A True Indicator Of Your Health

What You See On That Scale Is Not A True Indicator Of Your Health

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Patty cake ;3 4 months ago

You're so pretty!

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#16 2 Years Later And An Entirely Different Body Composition. Just To Prove That

2 Years Later And An Entirely Different Body Composition. Just To Prove That

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Fanny Westwood 4 months ago

wow

#17 I Started To Care Less About What I Weighed, And More About How I Felt

I Started To Care Less About What I Weighed, And More About How I Felt

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SunflowersAreGold 4 months ago

And that is the key to a healthier, happier body. Focus on how you feel.

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#18 Don't Be Afraid To Gain Weight, Build Muscle And Eat More Food

Don't Be Afraid To Gain Weight, Build Muscle And Eat More Food

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SunflowersAreGold 4 months ago

💕

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#19 Eat Healthy, Train Hard, Sleep Well And Give Your Body The Time It Needs To Transform From The Inside Out

Eat Healthy, Train Hard, Sleep Well And Give Your Body The Time It Needs To Transform From The Inside Out

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#20 Screw. The. Scale

Screw. The. Scale

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SunflowersAreGold 4 months ago

Yes! Screw the scale!

#21 Why Are We So Hung Up On How Much We Weigh?

Why Are We So Hung Up On How Much We Weigh?

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SunflowersAreGold 4 months ago

Look at the muscle in the legs and arms! Nice job!

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#22 Transformation

Transformation

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Carmen Elena 4 months ago

WOW! GREAT ABS!

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#23 So I’ve Been Working On My Nutrition For The Last 13 Weeks

So I’ve Been Working On My Nutrition For The Last 13 Weeks

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SunflowersAreGold 4 months ago

You go girl!

#24 "One Year Ago, Weight Was Everything. But Honestly, My Perspective Is Shifting "

"One Year Ago, Weight Was Everything. But Honestly, My Perspective Is Shifting "

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Slune 4 months ago

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Great...and the panties too :)

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#25 Proof That Just Because You Weigh More Doesn’t Mean You’ve Got Fat

Proof That Just Because You Weigh More Doesn’t Mean You’ve Got Fat

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SunflowersAreGold 4 months ago

Does anybody have any tips on how to start a habit and stick with it? Especially healthy eating and running. I've been having a hard time sticking to them.

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#26 It Gave Me Routine That Still Embodied Balance And Diversity

It Gave Me Routine That Still Embodied Balance And Diversity

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SunflowersAreGold 4 months ago

Look at that muscle!

#27 I Started This Program As A Birthday Gift To Myself And It Was The Best Thing I Have Done For Myself All Year. January 1 I Set Out To Lose 20 Lbs. I Haven't Done That. This Is What I Did Instead

I Started This Program As A Birthday Gift To Myself And It Was The Best Thing I Have Done For Myself All Year. January 1 I Set Out To Lose 20 Lbs. I Haven't Done That. This Is What I Did Instead

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Pretty Pangolin 4 months ago

Cute haircut in both pix too.

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#28 Yeah, I’m Gonna Stop Using A Scale

Yeah, I’m Gonna Stop Using A Scale

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JillVille 4 months ago

That face of triumph!! You go girl!

#29 "Three Years Ago I Decided To Make Fitness A Priority Because I Was Tired Of Looking In The Mirror"

"Three Years Ago I Decided To Make Fitness A Priority Because I Was Tired Of Looking In The Mirror"

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clay 4 months ago

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now just get that tattoo removed and you'll be looking good.

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#30 "Throw Out The Scales. Your Weight Doesn't Matter"

"Throw Out The Scales. Your Weight Doesn't Matter"

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billy bob joe 4 months ago (edited)

THUNDER THIGHS!

#31 Weight Is Not A Good Measurement Of Progress

Weight Is Not A Good Measurement Of Progress

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#32 Transformation

Transformation

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Patty cake ;3 4 months ago

cute phone case

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#33 Weight Is Just A Number, You’ll Be A Happier Person Once You Realize That

Weight Is Just A Number, You’ll Be A Happier Person Once You Realize That

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dreamer_panda 4 months ago

She's Kim Kardashian's trainer btw

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#34 "I've Been Able To Track My Journey And Every Time I See Old Pictures It Gives Me So Much Perspective!"

"I've Been Able To Track My Journey And Every Time I See Old Pictures It Gives Me So Much Perspective!"

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Pungent Sauce 4 months ago

Sorry, 1st one’s better. Healthier skin, enough body fat to live a day without food.

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