Lifewatch: What would you look like 20 pounds lighter?

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(WECT) - People are using new technology to help them visualize their weight loss goals.

Experts say the visual image a website provides could be an excellent motivator, especially for those who've experienced initial weight loss and can't seem to get the number on the scale to budge.

Aline Mekhdjian has worked hard to lose 30 pounds this year and is determined to lose 30 more.  Now, the 28-year-old can see exactly what she'll look like at her goal weight, thanks to

"It was neat to see the thighs are getting a little slimmer, because that's one of your focus points is trying to reduce the lower body," said Mekhdjian.

All you have to do is upload a photo to the website and it shows what you would look like, pounds lighter.

Mekhdjian plans to post her "after" photo on her fridge for inspiration.

"I think having that visual aid every morning when you wake up or by your refrigerator kind of motivates you to stay away from unwanted foods," said Mekhdjian.

"It's a good guide, it's a good visual and a good motivator, but it shouldn't be something that anybody is super attached to that they absolutely will look like the photo because every body is different," said personal trainer Tammy Parkinson.