Health & Fitness

Steph Claire Smith shares before and after post after weight gain

“When my metabolism slowed down, I gained weight and couldn’t get away with eating whatever anymore.”

By Erin Cook

It's not unusual to stumble across a before and after post on your Instagram feed. Some days, we spy three of these fitspo posts before breakfast. Usually, it's the same deal: woman takes part in fitness program, loses five kilos and then blogs about it.

But recently, influencer and co-founder of Keep it Cleaner, Steph Claire Smith, posted a different kind of before and after picture; one that really caught our attention.

On the left, Steph is 18 years old. On the right, Steph is pictured now.

During the six years that passed between the two snaps, not only did the 24-year-old's body change, her mindset did as well.

When she was 18, Steph ate whatever she wanted: "a lot of junk." Whereas now, she eats "a balanced diet, going off the 80/20 rule majority of the time." Yet, she now weighs about 10 kilograms more.

The moral of the story? Life happens! Your body and/or metabolism can change! And that's okay! You're still you!

"For all the girls out there who may be going through what I went through between these before and afters," Steph wrote on Instagram, "when my metabolism slowed down, I gained weight and couldn't get away with eating whatever anymore. I went through a stage of being incredibly confused and upset — I couldn't understand why, when I started eating well and exercising, my body was still not going back to how it was when I was 18."

"Took me a long time to realise that it was just my body developing into its womanly figure."

"Now EVERYONE is different, every woman's body is different, some change a lot over time, some have the same body type their whole life," she continued, "but for me, I went from being lanky and skinny to curvy and muscular."

While she's feeling fab now, it took a while for Steph's mindset to change. "Through the pressures I put on myself through modelling, I continued to get upset at the thought of never having those measurements again. Makes me sad thinking back at that mental state of mine. I feel strong, fit, healthy and confident now but it really was a journey."

It goes without saying that Steph looks like actual fire in both pictures.

If you, or anyone you know is experiencing an eating disorder or body image concerns, you can call the Butterfly Foundation National Helpline on 1800 33 4673 or email support@thebutterflyfoundation.org.au.