If fitness bloggers have taught us one thing this year, it’s that Instagram photos of “perfect” bodies cannot be trusted. Whether it’s skillful posing or lighting that hides stomach rolls, bloating and other totally normal things that happen to women’s bodies, a filtered social media post does not reflect reality.
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The latest fitness blogger to remind us that photos aren’t always what they seem is Sara Puhto, who posted on Instagram before and after photos that show how a simple shift in how you stand can suddenly give your booty a lift.
“I thought I’d show my booty from its normal straight leg standing position vs. a posed booty pop position,” Puhto captioned her post. “In a world where the Kardashian’s booties are so glorified, we need to remember that the photos we see of them and others aren’t always reality. Their butts can’t ALWAYS look that big from every angle. Same goes with photos on Instagram, we see them as goals and think we’ll never be able to gain that much muscle or lose that much fat, but what you need to remember is that those photos you see are achievable, you can get to your goals, you can achieve anything with the right amount of determination, patience and effort! Don’t think you can’t because you’re comparing a posed photo of a body to your everyday body. Use them as motivation but don’t get too caught up on them.”
Posing aside, Puhto has been documenting her body transformation journey to over 36,000 Instagram followers. An earlier photo that shows her progress to getting a rounder more lifted butt credited booty “squats and deadlifts” from trainer Kayla Itsines and Fitnessblender.
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