Thanks to the social media apps such as Instagram, people seem more obsessed with their bodies than ever before. There are a wealth of health and fitness bloggers and vloggers that exist online, who love to show off their food and exercise routine and let's be honest, sometimes it can leave you feeling a bit bummed out about yourself.
While a lot of these people are genuinely trying to encourage others to live a more active and healthy lifestyle, it can end up knocking our body confidence and having the reverse effect.
One of the worst culprits of this is the "transformation" photo.
The transformation photo, which is usually posted on #TransformationTuesday, is an image showing someone's dramatic weight loss, or the results of their new fitness regime, and often makes you exceedingly jealous of them.
But before you start beating yourself up about how you look compared to these people, please be aware that a lot of these "before vs. after" photos are a load of BS.
Lauren Tickner is a London, UK, based fitness and body positivity vlogger, who has recently gone viral with an Instagram post surrounding transformation photos. In the post, Lauren shows how easy it is to fake your transformation by simply changing your posture, and calls on people to love their bodies no matter what.
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'."
"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'"
Unsurprisingly, Tickner's post has gone down well with users and as racked up over 31,000 likes as well as getting hundreds of positive comments.
It's nice to see someone like Lauren, who has a massive platform to broadcast her views, do so in a positive way.
With the rise of fitness bloggers and celebrities, there is no doubt that more people are becoming health conscious, and it's good to know that if you feel like you're not getting the results you want, it's probably down to unrealistic expectations.