Tips to Take a Great “Before Photo” When Losing Weight

Before photos are great for mapping your progress whether it’s in weight loss, learning a new activity or simply growing. Specifically, a before photo serves as a reminder of where we have been and sets the scene for what the results of our efforts will produce. Taking a before photo is exciting and filled with anticipation for the transformation ahead of us.

Here are our tips for ensuring a great before photo.

Tell us How You Really Feel:

Feeling weighed down by those extra pounds? It’s OK to express unhappiness in a before photo. If you don’t feel like smiling in a before photo, you don’t have to; save it for the victory shot after you’ve shed the pounds.

Show Your Contributing Factors:

Is junk food or a sedentary lifestyle contributing to your weight management challenge? Show us the culprits. It’s not your fault that donuts are tasty.

Plan Ahead:

If you want to be able to show how big your current clothes are once you’ve achieved a new, thinner you, make sure you choose an outfit that will do that well. Avoid baggy clothes and anything with an elastic waist band that is very stretchy. Then, make sure you hold onto that outfit in a safe spot!

Pay Attention to Your Surroundings:

You are going to want to show this photo off someday, so make sure you snap it in a spot that free of clutter or anything “incriminating” that you wouldn’t want other people to see. Also, if you’re taking the photo yourself in a mirror, make sure you clean the mirror first. You don’t want a before photo that looks like it’s covered in smudges and handprints!

And most importantly – have fun, get creative, and keep in mind that this photo is just the start of your weight loss story!

Kate Miller
Kate Miller

Kate Miller, mom of 5, is on a mission to stay fit and healthy. As HealthyWage's Community Manager, she's fortunate to be surrounded by inspiring success stories day after day. In 2012, Kate lost 50 pounds and documented most of her journey right here on the HealthyWage blog. Since then, she's had to learn the subtle intricacies of staying on track by mastering the daily ebb and flow (and parties and holidays and periods of extreme laziness) of life.

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