Why are women being idolized just because they’re obsessed with posting close-up images of their fat jiggly bellies on Instagram?
Once again, a self-proclaimed “Self Love Expert” has posted a very up-close shot of her belly and hip area, showing the squishy lumpy nature of the excess fat.
Her many devout followers posted comments of praise, including things such as, “You’re an inspiration!”
Long before Instagram was invented, nobody would have ever thought that there’d one day be a fad of women posting pictures of their excess belly fat.
This particular woman, who at the time of this article posting has 209k followers on Instagram, wants every woman to believe that a fat stomach is perfect just as is — and that it’s NOT okay to want to burn away the pudge.
In fact, her caption begins: “This is my tummy. And I want to normalize this tummy.”
How many primary care physicians would endorse this approach if they saw her tummy?
This influencer has posted her weight as being “around 240,” and at one point, 265, according to a medical clinic weigh-in for an unrelated issue.
She is morbidly obese, meaning, at least 100 pounds over her ideal weight range for her height.
Why does she want to normalize this?
It’s one thing to say, “Okay, I’m fat and working on losing, but in the meantime I’m not going to be ashamed to wear bright flashy colors or frolic in the ocean with my kids.”
But it’s a whole new animal when a woman declares that she wants to normalize what is a significant excess of fat in her stomach, hip and thighs.
A woman does NOT have to have a blubbery stomach or other signs of obesity.
Just because a woman has failed to trim and firm up her midsection (due to ineffective exercise and fad dieting) doesn’t mean she should try to normalize significant overweight.
Your Belly Does NOT Have to Be Fat
This is true even if you’ve had at least three kids. A plan of healthful eating, food portion control, regular structured cardio activity and intense strength training will knock out that squishy, doughy belly and waistline.
That jiggly squishy belly that looks like bread dough does NOT have to be your destiny.
Sustained portion control and healthy eating will go a long way at burning excess stomach fat.
So will interval cardio workouts and compound strength training.
What is an interval cardio workout?
It’s when you alternate brief high-effort segments of aerobic activity with a few minutes of easy recovery segments, e.g., jog a minute, walk two minutes, jog a minute, walk two minutes.
Other fat burning aerobic workouts include group fitness classes such as step and boot camp.
What is compound strength training?
These are moves that utilize multiple muscle groups at the same time. Classic moves are pictured below.
You do NOT have to settle for a squishy fat belly that jiggles. If you don’t like what you see in the mirror or how much your fingers can grasp, then it’s perfectly OKAY to want to change this.
It’s perfectly okay to want to trim and tone your middle. This is NOT a sign of poor body image any more than it’s a sign of poor body image when a woman wants to change her hair color, wear a fake ponytail, wear fake nails or paint her face with makeup.
Lorra Garrick is a former personal trainer certified through the American Council on Exercise. At Bally Total Fitness she trained women and men of all ages for fat loss, muscle building, fitness and improved health.