We’ve told you countless times in the past that all of those girls you see on Instagram with “perfect bodies” aren’t just down to working out. More than anything else, it’s about the poses and how much you’ve tightened up your stomach or turned your bum around so that as much of your nice features are as visible as possible.
If you’re new and you’re still working to get that perfect Instagram body but can’t quite seem to get there, here’s proof that all that is just about posing and camera angles, and this time, fitness blogger Lauren Tickner is here to prove that photos like this are actually garbage.
One of the more common types of photos found all over Instagram is the “insane weight loss transformation” photo, often posted on the coveted #TransformationTuesday, where people are shown to have lost a substantial amount of weight in a relatively short period of time. What those photos don’t tell you is that the transformation can actually be very easily faked by changing your posture, as Lauren demonstrates here:
Lauren captioned the image with:
“POSTURE changes EVERYTHING! Posing is SO powerful: what you see of people on social media is NOT how they look 24/7 in real life! 👉🏼 I know that if I arch my spine and pop my hip, I can make my stomach look flatter & my butt look bigger. Of course, some people DO have big bums & flat stomachs 💖 Similarly, slouching and ‘letting go’ of my stomach after a big meal makes it appear more bloated: it’s just how it is! Tucking your spine will make your butt look flatter: you can literally make your body look SO different, just by standing differently!
“People will always speak negatively about others: it’s horrible, but sadly it is just a fact of life. I receive all of these comments 👆🏼 all the time, but thankfully for the more negative ones, I have thick skin. I used to even say these things to myself 😔 BUT now I have learned that if I see a ‘bad’ photo of myself, it is OKAY!!!!! It doesn’t matter!!! As we see here, angles and posture are eveeeerything! Similarly, IDGAF if other people want to comment mean things, because I have learned to accept my body and love it for what it is. Your body is so incredibly powerful: give it some credit🙌🏼 I also know how to pose to make myself look ‘best’.”
As you can see, she’s adamant that people love their bodies no matter what they look like.
“I don’t care how ‘overdone’ people say these photos are: I think they are SO important. I sometimes still stumble across a photo and think “agh, I wish I looked like that…” BUT, they uploaded that photo for a REASON! They probably took 10000 others and chose that ONE photo. (I know I’m guilty of taking looooads before having ma money shot ✨) PLUS, for all I know, they photoshopped that photo! Take EVERYTHING with a pinch of salt!
#StrengthFeed – EDIT: this photo is to prove a point 👍🏼 – sometimes one may see a photo of themselves and think ‘agh, I hate how I look’ …but then you have to remember that you may just be MOVING & caught off guard, so your body isn’t looking ‘normal’! Yes, I know I am overemphasising each ‘pose’”
Needless to say, she has received tons of positive comments:
Tons of other fitness bloggers on social media have exposed these transformation photos for what they really are, and not only are they letting people know the truth that they deserve to know, but more to the point, they’re encouraging people to embrace their bodies the way they are, because realistically speaking, there’s no such thing as a “perfect body”.