This Fitness Guru Shows The Truth Behind Those “Perfect” Body Selfies

We’re all guilty of stalking people with enviable lives on Instagram, whether we know them in real life or they’re famous on social media. Something that Instagram has no shortage of is body selfies. Either personal trainers are showing off their progress or the new It girl is advertising a new bikini.

We’re all on our journeys of self-love, and it can be easy for us to lament over photos of what we wish we looked like instead of using them as motivation. By now, we all know that Instagram is no accurate depiction of reality and this fitness guru is shedding light on that when it comes to those body selfies you call “goals.”

Personal trainer Anna Victoria can be considered pretty successful. She has a million followers on Instagram and has her own fitness brand of workout guides. She regularly posts body shots of her clients who are getting closer to achieving their goals as well as shots of her own body. Her account also reveals the truth behind those selfies.

Posting a side-by-side pic of her glutes, Anna Victoria showed the difference that angles and lighting can make. She wrote, “A lot of the booty pics you see on Instagram are flexed, pushed out, back arched so much it actually hurts…there are so many ways to make it look 10x bigger on Insta than in real life, and I do it too!!”

We can easily forget how filtered photos can be online and other than Photoshop and editing tools, social media users can flex among other tricks to make their body look more “enviable.”

In another photo, Anna Victoria posted a comparison of her abs pre and post-cheat meal. She wrote about her intentions behind posting these types of photos, “I’ve received messages that these pictures have helped save girls from eating disorders, body dysmorphia, and more. Dub these photos “attention seeking” or “fake” while I continue focusing on the lives, hearts, and souls they save.”

Before we compare our own figures to those we see online, we need to remember that the ones online aren’t always completely accurate. Here’s to more people keeping it real.

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