Meet the women who found happiness after GAINING weight… and have shared their 'reverse transformations' on Instagram

But will shifting the pounds actually make you happier? A number of women said it didn’t… and shared their reverse transformations.

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The truth about my body… For anybody waiting to see what surgeries I’ve had done to achieve this look, keep on scrolling… OR leave your crazy comment below for my future entertainment ? Welcome to Karina Vs Karina 2.0 My mindset when the left image was taken is SO insanely different when compared to now. I thought that if I was skinnier I’d have more friends, look nicer in clothes, boys would like me blah blah blah. So I ate little and went on daily long distance runs (however, I did just want to listen to my new Fallout Boy playlist?). The photo on the right was only taken two days ago, and seeing these images side by side is a little confronting. I haven’t just transformed physically but also mentally. During this time period I have experienced and learnt so much about myself, my business, my friends, and of course, my health, fitness and nutrition. My mindset getting into fitness wasn’t to look a certain way, it was to live a longer life. I wanted to be fitter and healthier because at the time I was not healthy. I was sickly skinny and always getting ill. I’d pretty much shot down my immune system by not eating the right foods and pushing myself with cardio. I hope everyone can find their 2.0 version. It doesn’t have to be in fitness, it could be work, lifestyle, relationships, family, personally. Whatever! Keep improving yourself daily, no one wants to be a sitting duck in their own life. ❤️ @BIKINI.BODY.BURN

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Numerous people shared their before and after weight loss pictures on Instagram, but these women claim they actually feel more confident having gaining weight.

Some have gone up on the scales due to building muscles, meanwhile others have simply toned down their hardcore diet and fitness regimes.

They claim that not beating themselves up about having the “perfect body” is key to being happy.

Here are the women sharing their backward transformations…

Karina Irby

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TRANSFORMATION TUESDAY! Looking back at my younger self is nuts! I was so so tiny! Just a little girl in a little girl world? And by little world I mean I was never thinking about the bigger picture with my health. I was just doing me? Let be honest though, the style of my bikini, genetics, diet and training all factor into my present appearance. I never strived to workout and get curvy, it’s just me! Three years ago (not my before photo) I went hardcore with my training and I lost heaps of my lady lumps. I was looking pretty athletic! But it wasn’t maintainable for me. I wasn’t enjoying my life as much. So these days, I train 5 days a week doing strength and intensity classes at @starke_training and do home workouts via @bikini.body.burn on Saturday or Sunday. I eat good food. I eat bad food. I eat carbs. Lots of carbs? I don’t count macros or calories or compare myself to other girls. I’m continually just trying to become a better version of myself physically and mentally. Now that I have found my balance and I’m comfy AF with myself as a person I’m happy and smiling! DING DING⚡️⚡️ Oh… and these two photos are exactly 6 years part!

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Bikini designer Karina hit back at trolls who called her fat, as she revealed weight-lifting has given her the booty of her dreams.

Karina showed off side-by-side transformation pictures showing her peachy booty gains.

She previously said on an Instagram post: “Trolls will comment that I'm now "fat" BUT in reality I'm a happy, healthy lady. I was pretty unhealthy in my first photo. Not eating right and not taking care of my body.

“Yes I've gained weight, both fat and muscle but I'm now training four times a week and eating for my body. It’s crazy what eating and weights can do.”

Megan Jayne Crabbe

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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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Body positive blogger Megan "doesn't give a damn" when cruel trolls say she'd be "more f***able" if she was skinnier.

She said some people claim she has “ruined” her body by gaining a few pounds but she strongly disagrees.

Megan said “this is my happy body” and “happiness isn’t a size”.


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Don’t be scared to increase your calories! Stepping out of my comfort zone with food was probably the best decision I made ? . In the left image I was scared that eating lots of food would make me gain fat and I wouldn’t be unhappy vs the right image when I switched to 5-6 meals a day and did regular weight training my confidence increased and I felt so much stronger ?? . If you’re a naturally smaller frame like me and struggle to put on weight eating in a calorie surplus and lifting is your best bet at gaining muscle ?? . Make 2019 the year that you finally step out of your comfort zone and achieve the results you have always wanted! ✨ I still have positions available for January for online coaching if anyone needs my help in reaching there New Year goals ????‍♀️ #transformation #beforeandafter #gainingweightiscool #motivation #fitness

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Australian Renee is passionate about helping people become confident about her bodies.

She shared a post about how increasing her calories was the “best decision she made”.

Renee was previously scared that eating food would make her gain fat, but she has since increased her meals to help fuel her workouts and her confidence has grown.

Victoria Niamh Spence

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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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Victoria has been on quite a journey when it has come to her diet and weight.

In the first picture she was suffering from anorexia, and developed an “obsessed with food, exercise” and her body in the middle shot.

Her weight loss saw her periods stop and her hair fall out, but she finally got healthier by last year.

She said: “Don’t lose the meaning of health, while trying to be healthy”.

Liza Golden-Bhojwani

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A little flashback Friday action for you. This caption will be long and won't fit, so if you'd like to read please find the rest in the comment section….The left side was me at the start of the peak of my career. My first proper fashion week where I was actually the size I needed to be. I was booking amazing shows that one never thinks they actually could, walking with girls who I once looked up to, it was a serious adrenaline rush…but after fainting one night in my apt whilst preparing one of my very low cal meals (I think it was 20 pieces of steamed edamame if I remember correctly), I called it quits with the diet and workout regime I was put on and decided I could do it on my own. I thought to myself, I can still be this thin, but I'll just eat a little more so I don't feel so horrible. Well, eating a little more turned into eating nearly a bag full of almonds, which then turned into eating full size meals, which then turned into a full blown binge. I was craving every single food you could imagine and I was giving in to every craving even though I knew this was such an important time in my career. I made it through NYFW okay, no one had noticed any weight gain, but by the time I had gotten the LFW I could see the pounds starting to show both in the mirror and on the measuring tape, but I kept quiet obviously not wanting to sabotage myself. I found myself going to the grocery store and picking up raw vegetables to try and make up for the near two week binge I had in NY, but I didn't see any weight coming off no matter how "healthy" I was eating and no matter how many workouts I fit in. MFW came and I knew I was bigger and by bigger I mean a 35.5in hip rather than the 34.5in hip I started with in NY, I played it cool and just pretended everything was normal. I did end up booking shows, Dolce & Gabbana being one of them. Which I afterwards received online criticism about my thighs looking fat…Anyways PFW came about, and I found it impossible to resist those chocolate croissants ? I went on many a casting with one exclusive option being on my schedule, but after meeting the client I knew the reason for me not nailing the gig, my size…

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Model Liza has also had her ups and downs when it has come to her body image.

Starting out in the industry, she felt the pressure to “fit in” and even fainted one night while preparing one of her low calorie meals.

She has since given up the “fight” to adhere to catwalk ideals and claims she is a lot happier for it.

Marciel Hopkins

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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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Beauty queen Marciel claims she felt she had to lose just over two stone to take the title as Miss South Africa.

She revealed she followed a strict diet and trained up to three times a day.

Marciel may have shifted pounds, but she didn’t feel great about her body.

She said: "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."

The brunette beauty decided it wasn’t worth the “daily battle with food” and instead has made the choice to “strive towards being the healthiest and happiest version of herself”.

She claims her body is her “new best friend”.

Amie Wiley

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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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Amie shared with her followers her four-year journey from “skinny to strong”.

In the first photo, she claims she overdid the cardio and ate very little food.

Now the fitness buff says she lifts weights and eats much more food, resulting in developing more muscle.

Jolene Jones

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Body builder to body lover. This isn't your typical transformation photo. I went from being controlled by my grueling gym regimen and weighing chicken and having protein shakes in my purse to fully enjoying a social life. Some people might say this is "letting yourself go" but you can't put a price tag on happiness. I call this finding myself and realizing I can have more than one passion in life, whether it's hiking up in Glacier Park or enjoying beers with friends. A six pack didn't make me happy. I was never enough and always needing to improve. Today I went rafting with friends and enjoyed food the old me would have drooled over and wouldn't have dared to touch. Your body is quite LITERALLY the only thing that gets you through this life, your worth and joy isn't weighed by what you can lift or what the scale says. My worth is weighed by those I surround myself with and the smile on my face. ? #bodylover #bodybuilder #balance #happiness #happyiskey #fitfam #formercompetitor #glaciernationalpark #gnp #middlefork #proteinislifebro #transformation #throwbackthursday #instafit #ilovepizza #montanawomen #montana

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Confident Jolene says she’s gone from “body builder to body lover”.

The Instagrammer says that previously she used to have a gruelling gym routine and would weigh out her food.

She claims that having a six pack and shedding to compete in bodybuilding competitions didn’t make her happy.

One day she admitted to herself that she felt she was “never enough”, so decided to instead embrace and love her body the way it was.

Jolene said: “My worth is weighed by those I surround myself with and the smile on my face.”


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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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Fitness Instagrammer Jovana said she was deeply unhappy when her body was at its slimmest.

In order to turn things around, she relaxed her diet and fitness plan, and she said life is happier for it.

She wrote: “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."

Mackenzie Forbes

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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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Fitness fanatic Kenzi said in the past she “struggled with restriction” when it came to food.

She said that she convinced herself that being “thin” would bring her happiness and would help her feel accepted.

On Instagram, she wrote: “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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