This personal trainer proved that cellulite is way more common than Instagram makes us think
Sometimes, you might feel like you’re the only person plagued with cellulite. But it’s important to know that it’s actually quite common….
Sometimes, you might feel like you’re the only person plagued with cellulite. But it’s important to know that it’s actually quite common. A personal trainer named Sophie Allen tackled the issue of cellulite on Instagram, and reiterated the fact that with the right angles, poses, and edits, anyone can make their lumps and bumps look invisible.
According to Shape, cellulite affects 80 to 90 percent of women. They note that the fat, which often has a dimpled look, crops up mostly on your butt and thighs. The reason they give as to why women often have this effect is the fact that women have connective tissue that’s shaped differently than men — which explains why only about 10% of men reportedly have cellulite.
But, why don’t we see more cellulite on social media? Well, Allen has a pretty good idea how these “problem areas” usually get covered up in summertime shots.
UNFILTERED AF**** Just keepin' it real with y'all #ihavecellulitetoo and it appears when I squeeze my butt & disappears with the simple act of slightly tilting my hips out! ✨. Don't ever let instagram take away from your achievements, cause there's a lot of editing, tilting, posing, angles, lighting and all the rest going on. We alll do it just don't beat yourself up if you feel like you see all these celluliteless peeps out there . We have to embrace and love our bodies as they are, whilst working towards our healthiest, strongest selves #buttcomparison #alwaysreal #honestyhour
A post shared by Sophie Allen (@sophactivelife) on Aug 15, 2017 at 4:23am PDT
“Don’t ever let instagram take away from your achievements, cause there’s a lot of editing, tilting, posing, angles, lighting and all the rest going on,” Allen stated. “We [all] do it.”
Allen isn’t new to spreading messages of body positivity. After she had surgery for both an endometriosis scare and a lung infection, she noticed that her body lost a lot of muscle mass. So these days, she’s focusing on building a stronger body and finding strength where she can find it.
Omg.. so nervous posting this idk why but... In the spirit of #transformationtuesday I thought I'd show you guys my journey from near death, intensive care unit, hospital bed to now - strong, happy & healthy ⚡️⚡️⚡️. This is by far one of my proudest achievements to date . - I won't go into huge detail - I've done a detailed blog post on this for those interested ❤️. At the end of 2010 I had investigatory surgery looking for endometriosis, the surgeon perforated my bowel and I required emergency surgery to repair it. After weeks recovering in ICU and countless minor procedures I ended up needing lung surgery as there was infection there too ✨✨. At this point I was being fed through a tube, was hooked up to oxygen, had tubes all over me, giant wounds & couldn't walk . HOWEVER I was SO LUCKY to have survived this I lost so much muscle mass, my body was a mess and recovery was slow and painful - mentally & physically ☀️. But I kept going, I had support and I took up exceeded because all I wanted was to feel strong. - For me, my motivation to be fit isn't just about the aesthetics, it's about feeling STRONG, seeing how far I can push myself physically & mentally and putting myself and my health in the best possible position to avoid the hell out of being that person on the left again . What motivates you? It doesn't matter if it's aesthetics, strength, family, your reason is YOUR reason ⚡️. #endometriosis #strongerthanmyillness
A post shared by Sophie Allen (@sophactivelife) on Jul 18, 2017 at 4:04am PDT
She also believes that women should stop looking at the scale, since — as she said in a post from May — it “doesn’t know how you FEEL” and is simply “a number that means NOTHING.”
If we don't challenge our thoughts, who will? Long post alert It's so easy to get caught up by what we see in social media land. Sometimes I feel like a fraud, I question how I can feel so strong and capable in the gym, but still seem to be storing fat all around my body. I read comments that tell me I'm goals, that I look amazing and I am SO grateful to each and every one of you but I worry that what I'm putting out there is creating a false image of what I really look like . And that's on me! I post photos of myself flexing, I CAN look like my photos, but my photos aren't me ALL DAY . - It's so easy to fall victim to the likes you get here for showing abs, which then creates pressure (that I put on myself) to continue to look a certain way, so that one day when I do decide to start training people you put trust in my methods because I'm essentially a walking example . But it's become really important to me, to focus more on my head and less on my abs - Do I feel better, worse or the same now as I did when I had 4% less body fat? Will reaching a goal 'look' make me happy? Will having a flat stomach which I'm probably not genetically capable of having remove the negative thoughts in my head or will they be replaced with new ones? These thoughts need to be challenged EVERY DAMN TIME #keepingitreal #realtalk #reality #instagramvsreality #truthbomb
A post shared by Sophie Allen (@sophactivelife) on Jun 8, 2017 at 4:49am PDT
Not only are we digging her body-positive posts, but we support her journey in being healthy and refreshingly real.