This Is the Secret Trick to Those “Before and After” Weight-Loss Photos

According to one wildly popular Instagrammer.

This Is the Secret Trick to Those “Before and After” Weight-Loss Photos

According to one wildly popular Instagrammer.

Recently, there’s been a growing trend on Instagram of fitness influencers revealing that not everything on social media is really what it seems. One week ago, fitness influencer Beck Jackson put up an inspiring post about her weight gain to show you don’t always have to be rail-thin. Before that, personal trainer Anna Victoria posted some side-by-side mirror selfies to prove that it’s pretty easy to fake an “Insta Booty” by positioning your body a certain way and getting a good angle.

Now, fitness influencer Erin Mitchell has taken on the dreaded tummy. On Tuesday, the 23-year-old posted some side-by-side mirror selfies on her Instagram account to illustrate how people on social media fake the coveted flat tummy.

“So, I have a secret ……… did you know that if you hike your waistband up, you can create the illusion of a flatter tummy?,” she wrote, showing how hiking up her pants and sucking in her stomach effortlessly creates the illusion of toned abs.

Mitchell went on to say that, “Like a lot of women, I tend to store extra fat in my belly. Just like anyone else, I also bloat. One mini club sub Mike’s Way on a wheat roll and BAM lookin 5 months pregnant 🤰🏼 and, just like anyone, I get really self-conscious about my excess belly fat.”

But then she shared three “really important things” that she’s learned about excess belly fat as a fitness influencer.

The first is it isn’t possible to get rid of the fat you carry on your waistline through exercise alone.

“You can’t spot reduce fat. I used to do endless crunches and eat terribly and expect to wake up with a six pack. I wish it worked like that; you actually have to follow a healthy diet and burn fat through physical activity, be it cardio, HIIT, strength training, or whatever it is you like to do.”

Secondly, it’s OK to not have a six-pack, and you shouldn’t let it affect how you feel about your body.

“You don’t NEED to have a perfectly flat, super-defined tummy to be fit or to be happy. You also don’t need to let insecurity hold you back. Lately I’ve been noticing that when I’m super bloated I feel super self-conscious and I let that ruin the productivity of my gym sessions. That’s rLY SILLY isn’t it?!”

Finally, everybody gets bloated. Everyone. Some people just hide it better than others.

“The people you see on social media showing off their amazing abs bloat too. I know this seems stupidly obvious, especially with all of the posts we see on social media showing off bloated vs non-bloated stomachs, but honestly, I’m grateful that this message continues to get passed around, because when I was just starting out on my fitness journey I literally thought that if you did lots of abs exercises you would have a six-pack 24/7 😂 dont you dare compare yourself 😾”

So, I have a secret ……… did you know that if you hike your waistband up, you can create the illusion of a flatter tummy? 🤰🏼😂 (but in all seriousness, high waisted pants really do work miracles.) . . Everyone’s body is different and everyone stores fat differently. Like a lot of women, I tend to store extra fat in my belly. Just like anyone else, I also bloat. A lot. One mini club sub Mike’s Way on a wheat roll and BAM lookin 5 months pregnant 🤰🏼 and, just like anyone, I get really self-conscious about my excess belly fat 🙈 But I’ve learned 3 really important things about my tummy throughout my fitness journey: . 1. You can’t spot reduce fat. I used to do endless crunches and eat terribly and expect to wake up with a six pack. I wish it worked like that; you actually have to follow a healthy diet and burn fat through physical activity, be it cardio, HIIT, strength training, or whatever it is you like to do. . 2. you don’t NEED to have a perfectly flat, super-defined tummy to be fit or to be happy. You also don’t need to let insecurity hold you back. Lately I’ve been noticing that when I’m super bloated I feel super self-conscious and I let that ruin the productivity of my gym sessions. That’s rLY SILLY isn’t it?! 😛 . 3. The people you see on social media showing off their amazing abs bloat too. I know this seems stupidly obvious, especially with all of the posts we see on social media showing off bloated vs non-bloated stomachs, but honestly, I’m grateful that this message continues to get passed around, because when I was just starting out on my fitness journey I literally thought that if you did lots of abs exercises you would have a six-pack 24/7 😂 dont you dare compare yourself 😾 . . lighting, high-waisted leggings, the time of day, angles, genetics, body fat %, what you ate and when you ate it all affect the visibility of abs. Never ever ever confuse belly bloat for a lack of progress, and never ever ever let it hold you back! 🙅🏼‍♀️ and don’t get discouraged if you have an extremely difficult time banishing belly fat; it can be the mostttttt stubborn and, for me, it’s alwayssssss the very last thing to go whenever I’m trying to lean out

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After getting lots of praise from her 23,000 followers, she put up another post on Wednesday to illustrate how swinging your hips to the side can get rid of the “hip dip” in photos.

HOW TO GET RID OF HIP DIPS: ⌛ …. pose a lil different lol . Coincidentally or not, I had never heard of ‘hip dips’ until I started following all these fitness ppl across social media. I then looked at myself and was like “o shit, I guess I have those!” — like so many women, I have pockets of fat around my hips. I have wide hips, but I don’t have supernaturally sculpted Kim K hips. I also have knees that point inwards and ears that stick outwards. Posting on social media and consuming social media inherently induces endless comparisons and hyper-awareness and criticisms of ourselves and others. When, in reality, in the grand scheme of life, who cares if you have dips in yo hips? Who cares if you have Keebler elf ears? If someone cares about your hip dips, then fuck em lol . Don’t strive to solve a “problem”. Strive to be the best version of yourself, always. Strive to love and care for yourself. Strive to accept your beautiful, natural god-given bod. I can’t change my genetics or my skeleton or my stick-out ears (without plastic surgery lmao), and I’m comfortable with that. It’s crazy how social media tends to invent new things for us to be worried about and feel insecure about. E.g.: I never cared that I had small lips before I started looking at more social media; I never realized that I had hip dips until social media gave me advice about how to “fix” them. It’s BONKERS, Y’ALL. 🤪 . . Luckily I found out about all of the things that are “wrong” with me at a point in my life when I was already comfortable with myself. Still, sometimes I find myself stumbling across things that make me feel lesser, or think negatively about my body. In those instances, there’s a simple solution: don’t plug in to media that makes you feel badly about yourself. Don’t be influenced by influencers who influence you to feel that you need to “fix” some physical feature, whether they’re negatively influencing you intentionally or unintentionally. Just like you have the power to cut toxic people out of your “real” life, it’s even easier to cut toxic influences out of your social media feeds. you don’t need to fix anything 😘😘

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Mitchell is right. While studies have shown that posting your fitness goals on Instagram can help you achieve them, that’s only true if you use social media as a support network. If you’re constantly comparing yourself to other people and wondering why you can’t get six-pack abs—even though you’re following Alicia Vikander’s Tomb Raider routine—you’re just liable to get anxious and depressed.

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