Dieting can be really pain for a lot of us. It’s hard to give up your favorite indulgent snacks, and even harder to find time to make it to the gym. Even when you do feel like you’re getting the hang of it, it often feels like your body is changing at the speed you’d like it to.
With social media being such a major part of our everyday lives, it’s even easier to get discouraged after seeing countless photos of Instagram models and personal trainers with such perfect bodies.
Fitness guru and personal trainer Sophie Allen wants to shatter all of those “perfect body” stereotypes. And she’s doing so with some pretty powerful photos.
Sophie has gone through her own major body transformation through lots of hard work and dedication. However, she wants her followers to know that there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to seemingly flawless fitness photo.
To prove it, Sophie posted side by side photos of herself before and after eating lunch.
“So many of you have been reaching out with the most beautiful messages since sharing more of these 'real' type photos,” she wrote alongside the pictures, which do look noticeably different. “If these help break the perception that most people have flat stomachs around the clock, then I'll continue to post them.” she said.
Sophie goes on to explain that bloating and water retention are common after eating, a fuller looking tummy may also come from “poor digestion, sensitivity to certain foods, water retention, your cycle, drinking water too closely to meal time, leaky gut etc…”. She believes that it’s much more important to focus on the health of your gut, rather than a perfectly flat tummy.
When Sophie herself embarked on her own fitness journey, she admits that she was initially concerned about how she looked primarily. Now that she’s experienced so much and learned about her body, being healthy is her number one concern.
“Bad gut = bad digestion, not absorbing nutrients from all that good food you're consuming "you aren't what you eat, you are what you digest" YES.” she writes. “Shoutout if you experience this too? Let's be normal, or abnormal together.. however you perceive it!”
What do you think about Sophie’s picture and her message?