While scrolling through Instagram, we all see those super-flat abs that seem to be immune from bloating. But fitness blogger Alyssa Greene (@ajgreenefit) believes this is a huge misconception everyone needs to be aware of.
"I'm not going to come on here and pretend I walk around like an oblique-popping Fit girl all day," she recently wrote on Instagram. "I'm being real here, this is me posting my end of day belly."
Alyssa took a photograph of her stomach when she first woke up, and then another one 10 hours later, just before she went to bed. And the difference is incredible. Take a look.
THIS IS IMPORTANT ‼️Me. And also me. In the same day. Say whhhaaaaat. Im not going to come on here and pretend I walk around like an oblique popping Fit girl all day.... I'm being real here, this is me posting my end of day belly. If your body doesn't look like it does when you wake up congratulations... you are human!!! Even the most perfect physique in your eyes, the perfect body, it will react to food, to water, it will bloat because that's what it is made to do. Friends; there is 10 hours between these photos. 3 meals, coffee, tea, a gallon of water, a workout. Bloating is so normal! It's sad that people think that they can look like a sucked dry person all day long (unless you're deep in contest prep, or circumstantially you are a lean person). My body will fluctuate anywhere from 3-7lbs by the end of the day. This is how your body is SUPPOSE to react to food, and exerting energy. This is a body full of micro and macro nutrient dense food. This is you feeding, fueling, nourishing your body. Don't let your mind tell you it's abnormal, or the fact that some nights you may feel 5 months pregnant. You shouldn't only love your body when it looks dry, you should love it when it's well fed. . . . #bloat #fitspo #reality #nighttime #flatstomach #fitsporation #fitgirl #fitlife #exercise #gym #workout #goals #workouttips #night #foodsensitivites #goodnight #fitgirl #abexercises #abguide #transformation #realtalk #cleaneating #foodisfuel #eattogrow #iifym #iifymgirls #flexibledieting #human #brainsforbrawn #wholefoods #weightloss
A post shared by Alyssa Greene (@ajgreenefit) on Mar 16, 2017 at 5:20pm PDT
"Bloating is so normal," she said. "My body will fluctuate anywhere from 3-7 lbs by the end of the day. This is how your body is SUPPOSED to react to food, and exerting energy."
It's true that Alyssa's typical posts involve super-flattering selfies to show off her lean physique, but she has also been open and honest about her body image issues in the past.
"This is a body full of micro- and macro-nutrient dense food," she continued in her post. "This is you feeding, fueling, nourishing your body. Don't let your mind tell you it's abnormal, or the fact that some nights you may feel 5 months pregnant. You shouldn't only love your body when it looks dry, you should love it when it's well fed."
We couldn't agree more. At the end of the day, Alyssa's important message is something we could all "like"—and remember—more often.