Losing weight is a goal that many people have, but can be hard to achieve. But that is exactly what one woman was able to do, and it has drastically changed her life ever since. Liv Ralph set out to change her physical appearance, and was able to meet her goal and then some. The 25-year-old Tik Tok user lost a whopping 70 pounds (32 kg), and those who follow her on Tik Tok can’t believe her drastic transformation. Some don’t even believe she is the same person. But one of the most startling things about her transformation is one that many women who lose weight may be able to relate to, a complex that can make physical changes hard to cope with.
Liv Ralph has always struggled with her weight. Throughout grade school, she was bullied for her size and shape. People called her things like “Hagrid” from Harry Potter, and boys would even flirt with her as a way to tease her.
But Liv was determined to change her physical appearance and started her weight loss journey back in 2018. Since she got serious about her transformation, she has lost more than 70 pounds (32 kg) in total. Throughout her process, she has been very open and raw on Tik Tok about the ups and downs of losing weight. She is very transparent about how her journey to losing 70 pounds (32 kg) has affected her on both a physical and emotional level. Because of her honesty, she has gained quite a following online. Liv has amassed more than 37 thousand followers on TikTok, with one of her videos even reaching almost 7 million views.
While all of the newfound attention and praise is something she is new to and enjoys, it has come with a startling revelation about how people treat others differently based on their physical appearance. Some viewers did not even believe her transformation was real, making comments like, “I refuse to believe it,” and “does not even look like the same person.”
Men who previously may have not found her attractive are now flocking to her. “Men now give me the time of day, listen to me, and take me seriously,” she said. “I’ll never forget how it feels to be the ‘fat and ugly friend’, I’ll spend the rest of my life avoiding that feeling.”
This change in how people treat her has continued to feed into her complex about her body. She said that she is no longer viewed as the object of bullying or just someone to entertain others at her own expense. “Sadly, I am now led to believe that my worth is tied to how I look. I’ll never stop obsessing over my appearance,” she said.
Dealing with this shift in attention is something that many women have to deal with when they make drastic physical changes through weight loss. It can become hard to determine what is real or fake, and how to be comfortable with the attention that is solely tied to a new physical version of one’s self.
But there are still positives that Liv has been able to cherish during this period of transformation. Even though there are those people who are only praising Liv from a place of vanity, she says, “But my true ones love me all the same.”
Many people who followed Liv before her weight loss continued to support her just the same now as before. “Beautiful before and beautiful now,” one viewer commented. Another said, “You look like such a fun person to be around, absolutely gorgeous.” One person commented on just how much hard work she put into her transformation: “Change is good, it is challenging, I respect the hard work. You did amazing.” Many views have agreed that Liv’s transformation is the “best glow-up in history.”