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The old trope among actors and TV personalities says the screen “adds 10 pounds.” Well, you’re (probably) not a TV star, but there are plenty of other ways to gain 10 pounds without trying. Losing the weight is harder.

Let’s be honest. Who wouldn’t love to shed a bit of body fat Use Automated Health Tracking to Lose Weight and Live a Healthier Life Use Automated Health Tracking to Lose Weight and Live a Healthier Life Health tracking is about taking care of your food, your workouts, your productivity, and your moods. Modern fitness trackers can now automate it all to help you lose weight and live a healthier life Read More ? It’s just the motivation that’s a problem. New Year’s resolutions Do People Actually Stick To Their New Year's Resolutions? Do People Actually Stick To Their New Year's Resolutions? How often do people just give up a few months in (or even less in some cases)? Read More are dead by the 15th January, and your summer diet doesn’t make it past the first barbecue of the season.

Perhaps the best motivation is visual. What if you could see what you’d look like if you lost (or gained) a few pounds? It might just kick you into action.

WeightMirror Is the Motivation You Need

WeightMirror is a free tool that lets you upload an image, remove or add weight, and see the results. To use the app, head to the WeightMirror website and select either Upload from Computer or Upload from Facebook to import your image.

The tool is most effective if you use a full-length body image. I don’t have any on hand, so I’m going to demonstrate using the website’s example model.

Before you start making changes, enter your current height and weight. You can enter them in imperial or metric measurements. To see the effect of weight loss or weight gain, slide the BMI indicator on the right-hand side of the screen.

Check out the results in the images below.

Current:

See Yourself Thinner in Your Photos With WeightMirror weightmirror normal

40 pounds lighter:

See Yourself Thinner in Your Photos With WeightMirror weightmirror lighter

20 pounds heavier:

See Yourself Thinner in Your Photos With WeightMirror weightmirror heavy

When you’ve finished playing with the slider, you can use the on-screen buttons to share the results on Facebook and Twitter, or to email them to a friend.

Does a tool like this motivate you to hit the gym (or exercise at home 7 Best YouTube Workout Channels To Exercise at Home 7 Best YouTube Workout Channels To Exercise at Home Home gyms and personal trainers help the moneyed get up straight from their beds and hit the gym. We lesser mortals have to call on our powers of self-motivation and discipline to trudge the few... Read More ) and lose some weight? If you’re too skinny, maybe it spurs you to eat a little more? Or do you find other methods to be more effective?

You can share all your favorite apps and tools that help you lose weight in the comments below.

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  1. nia
    September 14, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    will I have to pay any monies at any time?