Fitness Blogger Reveals Truth Behind Transformation Instagram Photos

by Taylor Ortega
Getty Images

The deceptive quality of Instagram is being challenged again, a la Essena O'Neill, by fitness blogger Jess, aka plankingforpizza.

On Tuesday, Jess shared two photos on Instagram in a side-by-side “transformation” post.

The only catch? The photos were taken mere seconds apart.

In the caption, the blogger wrote,

On the left my posture is poor, I'm pushing my belly out as far as possible, I adjusted my bottoms to show my… love handles... On the right I'm standing straight and comfortably. I'm lightly flexing and I've adjusted my bottoms to hide my love handles… Not everything we see meets the eye here on social media. You can show [your] best angles and hide your flaws but at the end of the day what we chose to showcase is a reflection of ourselves.

Jess reminded followers even their Insta idols have flaws. She urged them to view fitness as a long-term commitment rather than a quick fix.

She added,

If you force your progress you know who you are cheating?! You... Yes I like to show my best most of the time but I've also realized by not showing my worst that it only harms myself… I'm slowly learning to be gentle and kind but it starts with being truthful to myself and knowing and understanding my imperfections and realizing that, although they exist, they don't define me. I am not a before picture. I am not an after picture. I am not fat nor am I perfect. I'm flawed. I'm scarred. I'm insecure.

Amen, sister-friend. Now let's go enjoy a moderate amount of pizza.

See how other social media can be deceptive in the video below. [video id="1622644"][/video]

Citations: A fitness blogger showed her followers how to get a flatter stomach in thirty seconds (Metro)