It’s no surprise that “get healthy” is the most popular New Year’s resolution for 2017. And when most people say (and search) “get healthy,” they really mean “lose weight.” 

So it’s a big deal that #GainingWeightIsCool is trending on Twitter and Instagram at the time of year when many people are looking to shed a few pounds. The hashtag is a solid reminder that we shouldn’t feel like a failure when the number on the scale ticks up. 

Plus, the stories that accompany these side-by-side transformation photos prove that people have lots to gain from putting on a few pounds. As one woman explained, gaining weight “put life back in my eyes, kept my hair from falling out, gave me a genuine smile, and literally saved my life.” 

Check out a few of our favorite posts using the kick-ass hashtag: 

#GainingWeightIsCool
Source: @meghaves
#GainingWeightIsCool
Source: @fitnika101
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Source: @ameliandavocado

#GainingWeightIsCool
Source: @maddy_schuman
#GainingWeightIsCool
Source: @makailacerrone

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