One Instagrammer is proving that weight is just a number. She is on a mission to show followers that your body can look different at the same weight.
According to People, Arielle Mandelson used social media to show that with diet and exercise a person can tone their body, without gaining a single pound. The behavioral health consultant shared a series of photos of herself at the same weight, but her body looks different in each picture. The photos are over the last two years. All three photos were taken when she was following a certain diet and exercise regimen, but the scale never budged.
for anyone fretting over “holiday weight” this is your reminder to screw the f’ing scale! 🖕🏽 that number means nothing 🙅🏼♀️ what’s important is how you FEEL, if you’re being kind to your body (and mind), if you’re nourishing yourself with proper nutrients and letting your body sweat ❤️ can you check any of those boxes? GREAT! The rest will follow 😁 here’s where I have to plug: for specifics on what I’ve done, scroll back in time or visit my blog when it launches very soon! (Or look at my hashtags 😆) xoxo ❤️ #transformationtuesday #beforeandafter #progresspic #bbgprogress #bbg #bbgtransformation #bbgcommunity #bbgstronger #bbggirls #bbggirl #bbgfam #fitspo #fitnessmotivation #fitnessjourney #fitnessgirl #fitgirls #fitgirl #workoutmotivation #motivation #fatloss #macros #transformation
In the first photo from February 2016, Mandelson was focused on being lean, especially in her abs. She thought at the time that being healthy meant being lean.
“I all but completely cut carbohydrates out of my diet, ate about twice the protein someone my size should, did a lot of cardio and attempted some random weight exercises. I felt aimless, bloated, lethargic and just completely frustrated,” she shared.
#transformationtuesday 💪🏽 I probably sound like a broken record by now but since I have quite a few new friends here (hi! 🙋🏼) I will reiterate a few things ❤ this is 16 months apart - 16 months of only #BBG exactly as it is laid out in the #sweatwithkayla app📱I didn't follow her meal guides and only recently (3 months ago) began counting #macros ⚖️ with the help of @paosfitworld 💕 ALSO I want to stress that I rarely have a "perfect" week, I take rest days and have shitty workouts and probably indulge (chocolate is my weakness) too often 🤔 but the thing is I've never given up and I've learned to love and respect myself along the way ❤ I used to look at girl's transformation photos and think, that will just never be me, I don't have the discipline 😞 but what I found out is that with consistent effort the changes do happen and trust me you do NOT have to deprive yourself and spend hours in the gym 🙅🏼 sooo if that resonates with anyone I want you to know it CAN be you, but the best change comes in the form of self love, self esteem, and confidence, not abs! xoxo 🖤 #bbgprogress #bbgsisters #bbggirls #bbgtransformation #progresspic #beforeandafter #fitspo #fitnessmotivation #abs #fitness #workout #fitgirl #healthylifestyle #gymmotivation #toneup #bbgcommunity #strongnotskinny @kayla_itsines #tbfmacros
However, that method turned out to be completely wrong. After months of not feeling healthy Mandelson decided she needed to switch up her diet and exercise routine. This time, she joined a specific program to help her. She noticed many people on Instagram had success with Kayla Itsines’ Beach Body Guide, so she chose that one.
“After a few weeks of doing BBG, something inside me had shifted; I could feel myself getting stronger each time I did a workout and my relationship with food improved. My motivation was still primarily aesthetically driven, but I also wanted to get stronger, so I looked at food as fuel and workouts as personal challenges to overcome,” Mandelson revealed.
So many women think the answer to looking or feeling their best is to lose weight • while for some people this is certainly true, for others it may be best to pursue a body recomposition 💪🏽 aside from not having to eat in much of a calorie deficit (cause who wants to do that), shifting your mindset from ‘I have to lose weight’ to ‘I want to build some muscle!’ OR ‘can I eat this to lose weight’ vs ‘will this fuel my gains’ is a much more positive, motivating approach to exercise and nutrition! I’m doing a little recomposition now and I’ll be sharing my weekly food diaries on ze blog! xoxo • • • #transformationtuesday #beforeandafter #progresspic #bbgprogress #bbg #bbgtransformation #bbgcommunity #bbgstronger #bbggirls #bbggirl #bbgfam #fitspo #fitnessmotivation #fitnessjourney #fitnessgirl #fitgirls #fitgirl #workoutmotivation #motivation #fatloss #macros #transformation #screwthescale #gains #leanmuscle #healthylifestyle #healthyliving
However despite seeing a significant change in her body, Arielle Mandelson still didn’t see the scale move. It became her obsession to move the needle on the scale, but it never worked. After looking back at pictures from the past couple of years, she realized that weight it just a number.
She learned what fitness trainers like Jillian Michaels and Autumn Calabrese have been saying for years. A scale is not the most accurate way to measure body composition. They recommend you use photos, like Mandelson did, or use the way your clothes fit as guidance. Don't worry about the number on the scale.