This body-posi fitstagram shows just how fake “Instagram reality” can be

It’s easy to forget that what we see on Instagram isn’t always real life. And with studies showing that Instagram can wreck your self-esteem, it’s so important to see remember what “real” really is.

Last month, Milly Smith showed us how to fake a before-and-after with tights. Kenzie Brenna took on bloating in her post.

And now, fitstagrammer Sara Puhto, aka SaggySara, is here to give us another reminder that Instagram reality is nothing like the real thing. In her newest Instagram post, she shares a side-by-side shot of two pictures taken just moments before… and explains why she decided to post.

“Instagram vs reality,” she captioned the pic.

She continues:

"Before I started being body positive on Instagram I would've posted the photo on the left (sucking in my tummy as much as possible) and said something along the lines of 'gained a bit of fat this week' when in reality, what I look like relaxed currently is like the photo on the right. I wanted to post this to once again show that we shouldn't compare our bodies to the ones we see on Instagram because it's not always an accurate representation."

But it’s not just about breaking down the false narrative in fitness photos and fighting the urge to compare your body to someone else’s. It’s also about learning how to embrace the changes in your body, the gains and losses, and not beating yourself up on bad days.

"I've had a really rough week emotionally, usually I try my best not to spiral down into the hole of negativity but this week it was really hard not to. I wanted to cut out junk/processed food during week days to lose some extra fat on my body, not that it really bothers me but the negative mindset made me think I looked gross and needed to immediately. I was being really hard on myself while doing this- every time I ate anything processed when I didn't have any prepped healthy meals at my house, I would instantly feel guilty and feel like a failure.... What I'm trying to say is that you really shouldn't be too hard on yourself. Everyone goes through their fitness journeys in different ways, what works for someone else may not work for you, everyone has their ups and downs because it is a journey after all! So don't beat yourself up if you have 'slip ups'! Everyone looks different and it's completely okay and normal to have fat on your body! Just don't get too caught up on the negative thoughts or comparing your everyday body to someone's posed body, remember that you are beautiful no matter what."

How inspiring is that? We’re so glad that Sara is learning how to embrace her ups and downs, even when it can be a struggle. And we’re all trying to follow in her footsteps.

This isn’t Sara’s first time working a body positive message into her fitness Instagram.

She’s showed off her scars.

Her “reverse transformation.”

And a 10-second transformation.

But that’s not her whole feed. She also boasts some seriously yummy looking meals that show her healthy mind and body lifestyle can still mean eating great.

So how can you be more like Sara? We’ve got some easy tips to make your Instagram more body positive, but here’s the real “reality” — it’s all about learning to love yourself.

Because you’re worth it.

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