They are successful and beautiful. Their body and skin are flawless. In the morning they are jogging, in the afternoon at the gym, in the evening on yoga. In their fridge there are only “right” products, and in a bag there is a bottle of water and containers with food. Every day, they upload photos of slender legs and pumped buttocks with one noble goal - to inspire their subscribers to lead a healthy lifestyle.
However, the results of preliminary studies say that viewing such photos has a negative effect on self-esteem and causes unhealthy behavior in relation to your own body.
According to a study by Professor Marika Tiggeman (
published in the Body Image magazine)
, women who daily looked at pictures of fitness models in Instagram were less satisfied with their bodies than members who read travel blogs there. This work was the first attempt in history to establish the influence of Instagram on a person’s perception of his own body. "Based on the data obtained, it can be assumed that in everyday life the negative effect will accumulate in a much larger volume," Tigheman summarizes.
In addition, fitness bloggers often post posts in which the photo does not match the text.
So, under the pictures in a bikini, there must certainly be some kind of philosophical annotation about your path, desire for a goal and willpower (yes, Lao Tzu never dreamed of that). For example, Kayla Itzines, the author of the Bikini Body Guide program, posted a photo of her embossed press with the following caption: " Remember, your path is your path, not anyone else's. Never compare yourself with others. Don't compare yourself with girls from magazines or Instagram. Do not compare yourself with friends and even with me.
My path is this my path. I never wanted you to dream of becoming someone other than a better version of yourself. I never wanted so that you compare your body with the body of someone else. Inspiration is beautiful, but the main thing is that you want to become better, happier and more confident . "
Everything would be fine, but the press picture not only distracts from the message itself, but basically does not correspond to it.
By the way, if you look at the comments that subscribers leave under similar posts, we can assume that few people get to the bottom of the text. Alas, women unconsciously compare themselves with “ideal” girls and want to match the image in the picture.
I train every day, but I don’t even look so close.
I really want to lose weight and become the same, please help!
I am ready to do EVERYTHING to look the same.
Another win-win option is before and after.
You can write a huge post, you can shoot a vivid video, but all this fades compared to the collage, where “110 kg” is on the left and “65 kg” is on the right. Nevertheless, psychologists argue that the images before and after are not so harmless. "They focus on appearance, not on health - mental and physical," Tiggeman summarizes.
- While some people lost weight due to competent training and balanced others, probably got a similar result due to an eating disorder and excessive physical exertion. However, the before and after pictures imply that the path from “before” to “after” is not important, the main thing is the final point.
Ostensibly for the sake of the result, all means are good. But this is not so. For the body, it is the process itself that is important.
Fortunately, many fitness bloggers increasingly began to post “honest” posts, without filters, good poses and photoshop, to bridge the gap between “perfect” production shots and how the body looks in everyday life. For example, Anna Victoria, the creator of Body Guides, provoked a storm of discussion after posting a photo of her abdomen in a relaxed state.
In the end, many bloggers use their profile to advertise various products related to sports, and their body to advertise training plans that they themselves compose. Their bodies in this case are called upon to serve as indisputable proof of the effectiveness of these programs.
Before buying such training plans or following the recommendations of popular fitness bloggers, you need to follow some precautions - they will allow you to maintain your health and not lose money.
Blindly following any advice or prescription is, in principle, reckless, and when this advice is given by a celebrity from Instagram, it is recklessly doubly. Not all chiseled fitness bloggers have the competence to give advice on training and nutrition.
Firstly, a qualified nutritionist is a doctor who, among other things, has a huge amount of interdisciplinary knowledge. He must know and understand how all body systems function, he must constantly learn and improve. And the principle "if it helped me, then it will help you" or "I read about it in the 1975 textbook" can lead to serious and unpleasant consequences. Because if someone came up to you, then you may easily not be suitable. Secondly, the difference between “train” and “train” is not only in the end of the verb, but also in knowledge, skills and qualifications.
Cubes in the press do not make a person a de facto professional coach.
When you need to remove appendicitis, who do you contact? To a surgeon or a person who has already had appendicitis removed? (But what? They removed him, everything went well, he read a couple of books on surgery and feels that he is ready to operate.) The answer is obvious, isn't it? The same thing here. If you need a nutrition or training plan, contact a professional. In addition, keep in mind that the most effective weight loss programs are those designed specifically for you.
Taking into account the characteristics of your body, state of health and lifestyle.