We all know by now that a vast majority of the world use Instagram in order to portray a better (albeit unrealistic) version of themselves to their friends and strangers.
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Everyone on Instagram is far more attractive, fit, travelled, social and generally well-rounded than they are in real life and unfortunately this is having a seriously negative effect on people’s confidence and mental health, particularly younger people who don’t know a life before Instagram.
Lauren Tickner, a fitness blogger from Surrey, has decided to uncover some of the visual lies that are told on the social media platform, by demonstrating how deceptive ‘transformation’ photos can be.
Earlier this week she bravely shared three side-by-side images that were taken 30 seconds apart, which show drastically different body shapes. It’s all about your pose and posture:
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'. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 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' ☺️ – P.S, purchase my training/macro-tracking guides at: www.strengthfeed.com
It’s incredible that you can make such a drastic difference through posing. As Lauren explains:
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.
So there you have it – the next time you stumble upon someone on Instagram who looks impossibly thin/muscly/toned, just remember that it probably took them ages contorting their body in various poses just to get that one perfect picture. What a time we live in.
For the time an Instagram model asked Reddit to roast her, got destroyed and ended up deleting her account, click HERE.