Let's face it, selfies have a bad rep. You're either self absorbed, using the wrong angle, too obsessed with social media, etc. But for Eva Rut Gunnlaugsdottir, the 35-year-old woman from Iceland, they were a way to help her lose serious weight: 110 pounds!
It Started As A Joke
“I posted the first one almost as a joke,” she told Central European News. “I felt really bad about myself and looked bad and I felt if I could start to see the change it might help me to carry on. But in fact I was also so embarrassed about the images that it was something that made me determined to carry on.”
Eva started posting her selfies to her Instagram and Facebook in the beginning of last year marking them daily as day 1/365, 2/365, etc. She began paying attention to her diet and made healthier choices each day. Though keeping to her diet wasn't easy, Eva says that her friends were what helped her stay on track. By the next year, she had shed more than 100 pounds.
Research has shown that having a supportive network can go a long way in keeping up with weight loss goals. See more here: Making Friends Online Could Help You Lose Weight.
The idea here is that sharing weight-loss photos on sites like Facebook or Instagram forces you to be more pro-active. If people you’re close with see you’re trying to lose weight, it makes you more accountable to actually work toward your goal.
“I still find it painful to look at the first few selfies from last year,” she admits. “But I always feel better looking at the end of the year.”
Check out her Instagram here!