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This Instagram Blogger Is Revealing The Truth Behind Fitness Model’s ‘Perfect Bodies’

Logging into Instagram lately, it’s easy for women to feel as though their bodies are not “on point.” Today, Instagram has become the easiest way for bloggers and models to make a name for themselves and gain a huge following.

While it pays off for them, for others, it doesn’t. Many young women have dealt with body issues due to the increase in “perfect” women online–or, what seems to be perfect. We all know how many filters Instagram offers and, most women take professional photos from flattering angles to take their game up another level. One health blogger, Sarah Puhto, is using her account to raise awareness about “bloggers” and their seemingly perfect bodies.

Puhto posts “before and after” photos with the captions “Instagram,” and “Reality” to show women that the photos are not always real. In fact, she posts long, insightful, and motivational captions with every photo to tell women they are enough the way they are. Like, for example:

I used to feel like I was the only one who would compare my body to those on Instagram. I would constantly look at these pictures and felt like I wasn’t good enough. But I was comparing my everyday body to all the “perfect” posed pictures on Instagram. It was silly that I thought that I wasn’t normal.
But the thing is, the smallest changes in position, lighting, flexing make us look so different. Don’t let ‘bad photos’ make you think you aren’t worthy or make you think less of yourself. Learn to laugh at these ‘bad’ photos. Learn to realise that they aren’t actually bad photos, because you shouldn’t view any aspect of how your body looks as ‘bad’. Don’t let society make you think you aren’t worthy because you don’t look like airbrushed, photoshopped, or posed people we see all over media. You can’t compare yourself to that because they are not an accurate representation of how bodies look 24/7.
You are living for yourself. Nobody else. There is no need to constantly feel pressured to impress other people, be yourself and be proud of yourself. Because your uniqueness is so beautiful. ?☀

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Instagram vs reality ? I used to feel like I was the only one who would compare my body to those on Instagram. I would constantly look at these pictures and felt like I wasn't good enough. But I was comparing my everyday body to all the "perfect" posed pictures on Instagram. It was silly that I thought that I wasn’t normal. But the thing is, the smallest changes in position, lighting, flexing make us look so different. Don’t let ‘bad photos’ make you think you aren’t worthy or make you think less of yourself. Learn to laugh at these ‘bad’ photos. Learn to realise that they aren’t actually bad photos, because you shouldn’t view any aspect of how your body looks as ‘bad’. Don’t let society make you think you aren’t worthy because you don’t look like airbrushed, photoshopped, or posed people we see all over media. You can’t compare yourself to that because they are not an accurate representation of how bodies look 24/7. You are living for yourself. Nobody else. There is no need to constantly feel pressured to impress other people, be yourself and be proud of yourself. Because your uniqueness is so beautiful. ?☀️ —————————————— Swimsuit: @kiraswim . . . #bodypositive #nobodyshame #loveyourbody #selfesteem #selfacceptance #stopcomparing #thankyourbody #youareworthit #youareunique

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Puhto takes all opportunities to share how from any angle, positioning your body right can make anyone’s body look like a fitspo model’s.

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Instagram vs reality ?? I used to always lay in specific way to avoid looking “bigger”. Years ago I thought that if I had abs my tummy would be flat all the time. But that’s not true at all, in reality we all have tummy fat. Our tummies bunch together, make rolls, our skin bends. We all have different bodies. Don’t let the way you feel about your body stop you from enjoying yourself. Don’t let your insecurities stop you from making memories. Cause in a few years you want to think back and remember all the fun you had with your friends and not think about the fact that you left early because you didn’t feel good about yourself or because someone took a “bad” photo of you. Next time you feel this way remember that you are your own worst critic. Our bodies look different in different positions. Neither is worse than the other just because one isn’t glorified on media. Your body is normal. Your body is worthy. You do not need to change yourself. You are absolutely amazing the way you are ?☀️ —————————————— . . . #embracethesquish #youareworthy #bodypositive #stopcomparing #bikinibodies #effyourbeautystandards #bodyimage #loveyourbody #bodyacceptance

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Comfortable in your skin ? It’s easy to scroll through social media and assume that everyone has smooth, ‘perfect’ skin. But that isn’t reality. I personally have bumps, cellulite and scars!! These aren’t things I want to get rid of anymore, they are a part of me and there is nothing wrong with them!! Don’t be ashamed of having cellulite or uneven skin!! It doesn’t change who you are as a person! I used to feel insecure about these things until I started realizing that nobody has 100% smooth skin. It’s all about what people choose to portray on social media and majority of models are photoshopped to hide these things. Start accepting and loving these things rather than hating your body and spending hundreds of dollars on remedies that don’t work. There is nothing wrong with them. It’s unrealistic to expect yourself to have porcelain smooth skin, we are humans, not dolls. These things show that we have lived and that we are alive! These things don’t change your intelligence, compassion or strength. You are an amazing person no matter how you look!! ?☀️ —————————————— . . . #cellulite #skinproblems #insecurities #selflove #flawsandall #selfesteem #embraceyourself

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Tummy fat ? When I used to sit down I would attempt to suck in my tummy and appear as lean as I could to avoid looking bigger. But why did I bother?? Everybody's fat gathers into one place when they sit. It's very normal. Some people have fat rolls and others don't. This does not make you any less of a person. It makes you a person with a body that does body things. I personally don't have fat rolls because my back does not physically bend due to the titanium in my spine, instead it gathers into one little lump and just chills there ☺️ Do not stress about these things. Don't feel like you need to suck in your tummy constantly while you sit. Do not let things like this make you feel like you need to crash diet and exercise excessively. Because it's not necessary. You can be the fit and gym everyday and still have fat, you need that fat. It's normal. Nobody has 0% body fat!!! So please don't stress about it. Sometimes when I look down while sitting in a bikini, the bikini bottom almost disappears as my tummy covers it. This. Is. Fine. There are more important things to worry about. You are beautiful the way you are and don't need to change yourself. Stay the wonderful person that you are!! ?☀️ —————————————— . . . #bodyfat #bodyconfidence #nobodyshame #effyourbeautystandards #loveyourbody #healthyhabits #loveyourbody #selfesteem #selfacceptance #lawofattraction #thankyourbody #youareworthit #youareunique #flaws #insecurities #bodypositive #flexing #sitting

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Instagram vs reality ? Whenever I’m sitting down in a bikini, I can’t see my full bikini bottom when I look down because my tummy is covering it. I used to think that if you had a flat tummy it would stay flat 24/7, even when you sit down. But that’s not true. We all have skin and fat on our tummies, this fat folds and bunches together. These things are normal and not something to stress about!! We can’t get too caught up on what we see in media because that is not reality! We share our best photos and highlights on there. So don’t compare your everyday body and life to someone’s highlights! Having a flat tummy or abs doesn’t change who you are as a person. There’s nothing wrong with anyone’s body. You are absolutely lovely and amazing the way you are! You don’t need to change yourself or let things like this make you hate your body or stop you from living your life to the fullest!! ?☀️ —————————————— . . . #bodypositive #selfesteem #selfacceptance #stopcomparing #loveyourbody #thankyourbody #youareunique #nobodyshame #youareworthit

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Puhto’s message behind all of her photos and posts is that:

Being you and having confidence is what makes you beautiful. Not what some beauty magazine portrays as beautiful.

Preach, girl!