This story originally appeared on Health.com by Blake Bakkila
Most body transformation images show people who go from overweight or obese to thinner and fitter. But one fitness influencer has flipped that script, putting out a before-and-after swimsuit photo that shows how she gained weight. The best part? She's glad about it. (Related: Here's What to Eat for Lunch if You're Trying to Slim Down, According to a Nutritionist)
On Wednesday, Beck Jackson posted the side-by-side comparison of how her body has changed over the past four months, going from super thin to rounder and fuller, with a tiny bit of belly showing at the top of her bikini bottoms. (Related: 11 Women Who've Gained Weight and Are Healthier Than Ever)
"Yes I've probably gained a kilo [2.2 lbs] or two (I don't actually know because I don't [weigh] myself) but yes I'm less toned than I was 4 months ago, no I don't think I'm unhealthy, no I'm not unhappy," the 23-year-old wrote.
Your body will fluctuate so much throughout adulthood and it really shouldn’t take over your life. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Yes I’ve probably gained a kilo or two (I don’t actually know because I don’t weight myself) but yes I’m less toned than I was 4 months ago, no I don’t think I’m unhealthy, no I’m not unhappy.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You know why? I’ve had fun, I’ve been on holidays, I’ve been eating amazing food, I haven’t been beating myself up when I don’t get to the gym because I’m too busy living my life, ive been really really HAPPY! That’s why I may look a little “softer” than I did 4 months ago. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It would have been a different story two years ago, when I was 19-20 years old if I fluctuated in weight by even 100 grams I would LOSE MY SHIT, let alone if my body actually changed, I probably would have had a severe mental breakdown. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Why? Because I was never confident within myself and that meant that regardless of how much I weighed or what I looked like, or how defined my ab muscles were, I would never be happy with myself. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Just a tip: try to stay healthy, exercise regularly, but your body doesn’t define who you are as a person, your weight shouldn’t control your life, and if you want to eat a bowl of ice cream after dinner - EAT A BOWL OF ICECREAM AFTER DINNER! Because life is too short to give up those simple little pleasures.
"I've had fun, I've been on holidays, I've been eating amazing food, I haven't been beating myself up when I don't get to the gym because I'm too busy living my life, [I've] been really really HAPPY!" she wrote. "That's why I may look a little 'softer' than I did 4 months ago." (Related: More Women Are Trying to Gain Weight Through Diet and Exercise)
Though she's rocking body confidence now, Jackson admitted that she hasn't always thought about her shape in such a positive way. (Related: Here's Why It Feels Like You Always Have Room for Dessert)
"It would have been a different story two years ago, when I was 19-20 years old," she wrote. "If I fluctuated in weight by even 100 grams [.2 lbs] I would LOSE MY SHIT, let alone if my body actually changed, I probably would have had a severe mental breakdown."
These days, saving room for dessert is more important to Jackson than negative self-talk. "Just a tip: your body doesn't define who you are as a person, your weight shouldn't control your life, and if you want to eat a bowl of ice cream after dinner - EAT A BOWL OF ICE CREAM AFTER DINNER!" she wrote. "Because life is too short to give up those simple little pleasures."
Because our bodies are badass and feeling strong, healthy, and confident is for everyone! Help us spread the body love and be a part of our #LoveMyShape body confidence movement: Post a photo or video on social sharing why you love your shape. And check out Movemeant Foundation, our partner in empowering women and girls to be body positive.