Good news for pizza lovers.
One of the worst 'fitspiration' mantras to inspire weight loss has got to be "Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels." It's like the 2017 version of "a moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips." The underlying (or, actually, pretty apparent) message is 'starve yourself and you'll be happier.' For anyone who thinks that's the case, holistic nutritionist and personal trainer Sophie Gray shared a simple message: pizza and cookies, in fact, taste better.
You no longer see pictures of my body this way on @Instagram for this reason. Having a six pack and thigh gap doesn't make you happy. Pizza and cookies are fucking delicious. And I'm sick of women being told they have to be anything other than themselves to be happy. I know I was in the #fitspo industry for years, and I still want you to care for your body - but this bullshit. You guys asked for a hashtag - so if you wanted to repost this with #fuckyourfitspo and @wayofgray - that would be amazing! Let's get this out to as many people as possible!
It all started when Sophie noticed an Instagram photo of herself reposted on a fitspo account, with the caption "Nothing tastes as good as being fit feels." So, she commented on the photo, stating "Actually, from experience and seeing as I'm the person in this photo.. I know that pizza and cookies taste way better." She shared a screenshot of the comment on her own account, explaining in her caption that she no longer posts fitspo photos because she doesn't want to send the message that becoming more fit leads to happiness. (Related: Why "Fitspiration" Instagram Posts Aren't Always Inspiring)
"Pizza and cookies are fucking delicious. And I'm sick of women being told they have to be anything other than themselves to be happy," she wrote.
By highlighting the absurdity of this fitstagram cliche, Sophie hit on an important point. Your well-being isn't solely dependent on the definition of your muscles. Because as she so succinctly puts it, having a six-pack or a thigh gap won't bring you health or happiness.
"A healthy lifestyle is about balance and loving yourself. Some days that means kale chips, yoga class and lemon water," she writes on her blog. "And other days that means eating chips and cookies, ordering an extra margarita at happy hour, skipping a few days (or even weeks) of workouts and binge watching every rom-com on Netflix."
In other words, finding balance is pretty much the best thing you can do for your overall health and happiness—so don't let any fitstagram post make you believe otherwise.