Insta Inspiration! This Might Be The Key to Weight Loss You've Been Missing

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Photo credit: Rachael Ray Show Aired September 06, 2016

Meet Marina and Danaka, who have both pulled off astounding weight loss -- using Instagram. Could this popular photo app be the boost you need to get healthy? Here are their stories, top tips and more inspirational accounts to follow.

Marina lost 140 lbs and documented it every step of the way on Instagram by taking side-by-side pics that showcased her major weight loss. The positive feedback was a huge boost, she says, “Instagram ended up playing a huge part in my success, and now I have over 18,000 followers.”

Marina’s Top Tips:

No. 1: Hang a calendar at eye level in your home to record your diet and fitness progress and keep you motivated.

No. 2: If you are craving a cocktail when getting together with friends, fill your cup with ice and put three parts seltzer and a splash of wine to make a low-calorie spritzer.

No. 3: Give $20 to a friend, and for every ten pounds you lose, let them buy you a gift.


Follow her on Instagram here:@poloprincessnyc

Danaka was overweight her whole life, revealing, “I didn’t go after what I wanted out of life because I felt like my weight held me back.” All that changed when she found Marina’s Instagram page and was motivated to lose weight herself. She’s lost 100 pounds, with Marina cheering her on and encouraging to post her own before-and-afters on Instagram.

Danaka’s Top Tips:

No. 1: Buy a new item of clothing in a smaller size (hello, goal dress!) and hang it where you can see it every day to help find motivation to stick to healthy habits.

No. 2: Track, weigh and measure everything that you eat and follow a low-carb, high protein diet. Read your labels so you know what you’re eating.

Follow her on Instagram here: @danakafit

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➕NEW YOUTUBE VID & BLOG ABOUT HOW I GAINED 150 LBS IS UP➕ link in bio! Putting my past out for the world to see is freakin terrifying. I feel like I'm letting go of something I've held onto for so long. The topic of weight gain has been almost taboo for me to speak about. I've shared on how I lost weight but I barely share about why and how I gained. I hope you all know I'm not doing this for attention. I'm not. This is incredibly embarrassing for me. Nobody wants to admit they gained all this weight in a short amount of time, but I hope someone who relates to my story can see that there IS a light at the end of the tunnel. I was triple the weight I was supposed to be. TRIPLE. I 100% had no faith in myself. I kept thinking I could never do this on my own. When I was carrying an extra 150 lbs of weight, I had no hope of losing it. I could barely walk on my own. I was ADDICTED to fast food and junk food. Part 2 of my journey will be up next week where I discuss what changed my life. A little snippet- learn to love yourself enough to want to change. You deserve to live a better life. ❤️ and @kayla_itsines thank you for sharing that story about the parent calling her daughter fat & wanting her to be skinny to fit in. Extra relatable at this moment.

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You will never have this day again...make it count♡. Be somebody nobody thought you could be. ✅@adry_bella✅ BE STRONG, LIVE LONG💟

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