There's a new trend in the battle against the bulge. Social media is not only being used to document weight loss, but keep folks accountable too.
Most of us post pictures online, from what we did over the weekend to our kids' latest accomplishments, but for some, posting pictures keeps them motivated enough to drastically changed their life.
It's hard to believe this crystal moss and this one are the same person-- since 2004 she's been on a journey, shedding a total of 85 pounds. Crystal Moss lost weight using social media. A journey motivated by health.
Crystal Moss says, "I found out I was close to getting diabetes, so that was the pivotal moment when I realized it’s time for a change."
No pills, no gimmicks, and no tricks.
"It's a lifestyle, it’s not just something that you can do for a month and expect to change overnight," Crystal Moss explains.
She works on it every day. Encouragement hasn't just come from her family members and friends though; it often comes from complete strangers.
Moss posts her before and after pictures on Instagram. Sometimes users she's never met before, comment on her progress.
Crystal Moss says, "You're transformation has me in awe. Today I start my own journey and just got truly inspired by your page. Those comments also motivate me to continue going on my path."
A quick search of tags on Instagram, like progress pic and clean eating, reveal thousands like her. They are sharing healthy recipes, a good workout tip, and incredible transformation photos. Transformation photos are also shared on Facebook; like Peggy Bradford's page.
Peggy Bradford says, "When I went into the dressing room and I was the biggest size I ever was. Ii was crying in the dressing room and I'm not going to the next step."
Bradford has 4700 friends to keep her motivated, the majority of whom she doesn't know. After shedding 75 pounds, she started the Facebook group "Steps to Good Health" to help others.
"I know there are a lot of people out there with the same struggle and I didn't want anyone to be going through the journey alone," Bradford says.
On the page, folks share daily accomplishments. Cheerleaders tell them to keep going. You rock! They write.
"My group in particular is a group where you can go and no one will judge you." Bradford explains.
It’s strangers helping strangers; inspiring them with kind words and proofs to loss those extra pounds.
Bradford says, "I would never be able to reach out to these amazing people without this tool"
"All you need is motivation and the drive to do it," Moss says.