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Before and After: Why we encourage progress pictures

By David Ottobre
Dare MD

The Power of Visual Evidence: How Progress Pictures Transform Our Perception of Success 

Embarking on a weight loss journey is no easy feat, and often our perception of success can be clouded by self-doubt. Visual evidence in the form of progress pictures has the power to transform our perspective and ignite a renewed sense of motivation. 

In this article, we’ll explain why we encourage before and after pictures to reshape our perception of success during dieting.

Why take progress pictures during fat loss?

Progress pictures act as tangible proof of our efforts and achievements, enabling us to objectively assess our transformation. Beyond the numbers on the scale, progress pictures provide a visual representation of the changes occurring within our bodies which often go unnoticed.

These visual markers have the ability to inspire and empower us, pushing us closer towards our goals and keeping us focused. By comparing old and new images side by side, we can witness the progress we have made, boosting our self-confidence and reigniting our determination to continue. 

The power of progress pictures should not be underestimated, as it serves as a constant reminder of how far we have come and how much further we can go. We always encourage clients to take progress pictures weekly or biweekly to keep track of the visual changes occurring.

before and after progress pics

The psychology behind progress pictures and motivation

Progress pictures have a profound impact on our perception of success during dieting. They challenge the notion that success is solely defined by numbers on the scale or waist measurements. Instead, progress pictures shift our focus towards the overall transformation of our bodies and minds. We start to view success as more than just reaching a target weight; it becomes about achieving a healthier and happier version of ourselves. 

When we see visual evidence of our progress, our brains release dopamine, a neurotransmitter associated with pleasure and reward. This dopamine release reinforces positive behaviours and motivates us to continue making progress towards our goals.

Aside from the motivation they can give us, progress pictures are also important as a commitment to ourselves. When we commit to taking photos every [insert day of the week], we hold ourselves accountable and increase the likelihood of committing to longer term change.

How to take before and after progress pictures

To get the most out of progress pictures, it’s essential to take effective photos. 

Here are some tips to ensure your progress pictures capture your transformation accurately:

1. Consistency is key: Take pictures under the same conditions, such as lighting, angle, and clothing, to ensure accurate comparisons.

2. Use a full-length mirror or set up a tripod: This allows you to capture your entire body in the frame, providing a comprehensive view of your progress.

3. Take photos from different angles: Front, back, and side views offer a comprehensive visual record of your transformation.

4. Focus on body parts of interest: If you have specific areas you want to track, such as your waistline or arms, take close-up photos to document changes in those areas.

5. Take pictures regularly: Aim for taking progress pictures every 1-2 weeks to capture noticeable changes over time.

before and after progress picture

The transformative power of progress pictures

Countless success stories can be attributed to the motivational impact of progress pictures. People have shed pounds, gained confidence, and improved their overall well-being through the use of before and after shots that keep them on track.

Take a look at some of our most impressive results here, or contact us today to come into the studio.