5 ways Instagram helped me lose more than 120 pounds

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I started my weight-loss journey with the goal of losing 120 pounds.
I started an Instagram to hold myself accountable for what I was eating.
I have found lots of support and inspiration on Instagram along the way.

While Instagram certainly has its downsides, for me, the social-media site became a powerful tool when I embarked on a journey to lose more than 120 pounds a little over a year ago. While I initially created an account to log my food intake and my weight-loss progress quickly and easily, I ended up finding an amazingly supportive community full of inspiration and encouragement that I don’t think I would have come as far without.

Ultimately, I consider Instagram a huge part of why I was able to successfully lose the weight — and why I’m setting even bigger health and fitness goals for myself now. Here’s why it was so important to me and why it might be worth considering if you find yourself on the same journey.

It held me accountable

I initially made an Instagram account specifically for my weight-loss journey in order to track what I was eating on a daily basis. Sure, I could have just written it down in a diary or something, but I liked the idea of having a photographic log to look back on in the future.

I decided early on that I would post everything I ate, whether or not it was “on plan” or considered “junk food.” Doing this held me accountable for what I was putting into my body every day. I couldn’t ignore it or pretend I hadn’t eaten a bag of chips in front of the TV last night. I had to be honest about it, which kept me on track more often than not.

It kept me from getting bored with my food choices

There are literally millions of accounts on Instagram, and it’s easy to find other users who are following the same way of eating as you. Since I was following the ketogenic diet, I looked for others who were on the same journey and I started following their accounts.

They tended to post photos of their own food as well as recipes they’d created, which helped keep me from getting bored of eating the same thing. I would bookmark recipes posted by the people I followed and come back to them later when I felt like I was in a bit of a food rut.

It inspired me to see others’ progress

While there’s some danger in playing the comparison game when following other fitness and weight-loss accounts on Instagram, there’s also a lot of inspiration to be found if you turn others’ progress into motivation to make your own.

Instead of feeling discouraged that I wasn’t as far along in my journey as some of the accounts I followed, I was encouraged to keep going so that I too could celebrate such huge milestones. I cheered them on in the comments section and they, in turn, offered the same positivity …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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