It can be hard to tear your eyes away from all the fitness gurus you see popping up in your Instagram feed. However, things aren’t always what they seem, and now one fitness ‘grammer is proving that all those before and after shots you see on social media aren’t all they’re cracked up to be.
Sara Puhto, a 20-year-old fitness blogger from Finland, posted a photo that at first glance looks like one of the ubiquitous before and after snaps — but in reality, the time span between the two photos is only a few seconds. In fact, it’s all the magic of angles.
In the caption, she wrote: “Nobody’s booty looks round and peachy from all angles. Nobody’s body looks the same from all angles.” Instead, Puhto writes, you should focus on “loving and accepting your body at all angles with all your ‘flaws’…Don’t hate yourself just because of bad photos, they do not define you as a person. You look the best when you’re living life to the fullest and happiest. There’s no point in missing out on things and stressing yourself out so much.”
It’s not the first time the fitness-loving influencer has used her platform to dispel Instagram body myths. Earlier this month, she posted a side-by-side of the same photo, one that was the original and another that had been retouched. And her point was this: “It takes 30 seconds for me to photoshop this image on the right on a free app, but it can take someone a lifetime hating their body and wishing they had what all these photoshopped bodies look like.”
She also cautions, “Please don’t wish you had someone else’s body. Love the body YOU have because there’s nothing wrong with it. There’s no point in wasting time wanting to look like someone else because the reality is that everyone is different and you will never have the same body as someone else.”
Preach, girl, preach!
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