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02/28/2017 11:05 am ET

Mom's Side-By-Side Photos Show Weight Is Just A Number

"I wanted to share with ladies how insignificant the scale was!”

A California mother-of-four is using Instagram to spread an empowering message about weight and body image.

For the past eight months, mom and photographer Adrienne Osuna has been posting side-by-side photos of her body at roughly the same weight but at different points in time.

Yes. Really 1 pound... fat vs muscle. GUYS!! I am so excited I should have my PDF/Ebook done next week 😬🙏🏼 I want you guys to have it before the 1st🎉 Here is a little sneak peek inside.... "If I could go back in time and tell myself something (and if I could tell you something)..... it would be to STOP. Stop the dieting/bingeing cycle. Get your booty to the gym and lift some heavy things. The number on the scale doesn't matter, it doesn't make you any more or less beautiful, strong, or successful. A healthy relationship with food and the desire to exercise ingrained in you from you being consistent will far more benefit you than any diet ever will." pic on right is today💕 ❤️ The reason I post these is to show ladies this! I almost cried last week when @momsavinggrace posted her progress pic at the same weight. She said she was about to give up when she saw my pic comparing my body composition and decided to keep going and she's killing it. KEEP GOING GIRLS!!!! ❤️👏🏼💯 . . . #weightlossjourney #momsthatlift #powerlifting #eattoperform #iifym #allthefood #bodybuilding #strongmom #flexibledieting #squats #fitnessjourney #strongwoman #girlswithmuscle #girlswhopowerlift #dietingsucks #fitbit #fitfam #bodypositivity #powerliftingbuiltthisbody #deadlifts #liftheavythings #intuitiveeating #bodybuildinglife #gymislife #progressnotperfection #beforeandafterweightloss #powerlifter #beyondthescale #nsv #heavylifting

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Osuna, who is a weightlifting enthusiast, has four boys, ages 9, 7, 5 and 3. She told The Huffington Post that she shares these photos to encourage women to stop obsessing over their body weight the way she used to.

Throughout her postpartum journey, Osuna tried different diets and became frustrated. “Focusing on the number on the scale can be extremely discouraging,” she said. “Once I let go of the number, and decided I was going to be consistent with lifting weight regardless of my weight, I saw results.”

As she focused on her general health and fitness, Osuna regained confidence. “I now saw my body as strong and capable rather than a number on the scale,” she said, adding, “After I saw how dramatic the difference in my body composition, I wanted to share with ladies how insignificant the scale was!”

Osuna’s side-by-side photos have received a great deal of attention. She now has over 40,000 followers on Instagram.

She told HuffPost she wants moms to realize that a scale may never show them what they want to see and that they shouldn’t hold their bodies to unrealistic standards after having babies. 

Still, she added, “I want moms to know that, even though they had kids, their bodies are NOT broken. They can be stronger and healthier than ever before.”

Keep scrolling and visit Osuna’s Instagram to see her viral side-by-side photos.

"Well I guess it's not working..I mean, I can't even lose 1 pound so why even try!?!" STOP it! ✋🏼Remember it's NOT ALL ABOUT THE SCALE!✖️I am so happy I kept going even when the scale didn't budge! 20mons between pics. Happy to say I've been seeing more fat loss lately! Clothes are getting loose👌🏼The beautiful cycle of 👉🏼lifting 👉🏼eating enough to grow those muscles👉🏼 muscle growth👉🏼increased metabolic rate👉🏼 FAT LOSS.💃🏼🙌🏼 I was done dieting. I needed simplicity. ❤️I eat, I lift, & I do #intermittentfasting .It's simple & it works for me. I focus on hitting my protein Everyday🍗, I lift 🏋🏼‍♀️4-5x a week, I do cardio 🚴🏼‍♀️2x a week, & I fast over night for 14-15 hours usually 6 nights a week. I usually eat around 2400-2500 cals a day, I eat what I want as long as I hit my protein. I don't weigh and measure all my food. If I was competing in a figure comp I would def be more meticulous about my macros but I'm not. I just want to eat as much as I can, while gaining strength, reaching new #powerlifting PR's & continue to lose fat. 💋🍦🍰🍯🌮 . . . #workinprogress #momsthatlift #eattoperform #iifym #allthefood #bodybuilding #strongmom #flexibledieting #squats #fitnessjourney #girlswithmuscle #girlswhopowerlift #dietingsucks #fitbit #fitfam #powerliftingbuiltthisbody #powerliftingmotivation #deadlifts #liftheavythings #intuitiveeating #bodybuildinglife #gymisbae #progressnotperfection #beforeandafterweightloss #weightlossjourney #eattogrow #thickfit

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Forget the scale! I wanted to talk about the science behind #weightlifting & specifically how #heavylifting is helping me LOSE FAT. 🤔I always hear "I don't want to get bulky I just want to tone up". Ladies think that lifting heavy weights will bulk them up while lifting lighter weights more times will tone them. FALSE. I've gotten smaller in size while replacing fat with muscle. Your muscle has the same tone whether there is fat covering it or not. Lifting light weights for high reps will not tone your muscle, it will train it for endurance, while heavy lifting trains muscles for explosive uses. 🤓..Muscles are made up of two types of muscle fibers: slow-twitch and fast-twitch. Slow-twitch is used during low intensity things like walking, & other steady state cardio, it is aerobic, it uses OXYGEN for energy during the activity. Fast-twitched is used during high intensity, short duration explosive activities, like sprinting or heavy lifting and uses FAT STORES for energy because it is anaerobic (w out oxygen)👈🏼. ➡️The type of fiber activated during an exercise depends on the exertion level.⬅️ #Lifting weights heavy (WITH GOOD FORM) that you can't quite manage 10 reps requires fast-twitch muscle fibers while lighter weights for more than 20 reps recruits your slow-twitch muscle fibers for muscular endurance. It is good to exercise BOTH fibers regularly. 👈🏼 📢KEY💖Lifting heavy weights burns more body fat than lifting light weights, because heavy weights recruit fast-twitch fibers which tap into fat stores for energy NOT oxygen like slow-twitch fibers, since fat stores are available more readily than oxygen.👏🏼 This causes lots of fat-burning hormones to be released that continue burning fat 8 hours after your workout. Light weights recruit slow-twitch fibers, which only continue burning fat for an hour after your workout, which is comparable to #cardio. 💖🔑fat loss for me: heavy lifting, #intermittedfasting & hitting protein💖👈🏼 #weightlossjourney #strongmom #crossfitlife #fitfam #strongwomen #powerlifting #strongmom #bodybuilding #girlswhopowerlift #girlswhosquat #girlswithmuscle #thickfit #bodyrecomp #workinprogress #iifym #deadlift #eatallthefood #strongwoman #tbt

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Just the usual reminder to throw your scales away✖️ I've been seeing a lot of progress lately, makes me so happy💗. Same shirt same weight but both worn a lot different! IM SO GLAD I KEPT GOING even when the scale didn't budge. That's why you take progress pics! In my chemistry class last night I learned that when dieting and NOT exercising, %11 of the weight you lose is MUSCLE. That's bad✖️very bad. #liftingweights is the BEST way to lose & keep fat off. The more muscle you have the more calories you burn while resting.✔️ For me I: ▪️Lift weights 4x a week. ▪️cardio 2x a week ▪️eat around 2,300 cals a day (but I don't obsessively count my calories) ▪️Focus on hitting protein daily ▪Do intermitted fasting (the magic🦄) I recently wrote a paper on #intermittentfasting & there are SO many benefits, & lots of science behind it. I personally stop eating at about 6pm and don't eat again until around 8am. It gives your body a chance to deplete glycogen stores & burn fat, w out lowering carbs or calories. {Check out "lean gains" for more info}. #transformationtuesday #weightlossjourney #momsthatlift #powerlifting #eattoperform #iifym #allthefood #bodybuilding #strongmom #flexibledieting #squats #fitnessjourney #strongisthenewskinny #girlswithmuscle #girlswhopowerlift #dietingsucks #fitbit #fitfam #paleolifestyle #powerliftingbuiltthisbody #powerliftingmotivation #deadlifts #liftheavythings #intuitiveeating #bodybuildinglife #gymislife #progressnotperfection #beforeandafterweightloss

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