Once and for all, stop comparing yourself to what you see on social media.

By Faith Brar
Updated: January 12, 2017

Instagram fitness star GirlxFit is giving us a daily reminder not to trust everything you see on Instagram. Using her social media platform to raise awareness, the 21-year-old blogger showed her followers two side-by-side pictures of herself standing normally and flexing really hard. The difference in her abs is amazing. Take a look.

The photo of her flexing makes it seems like she has an exceptionally defined abdomen-enough to give anyone major body envy. Unfortunately, that's just not how she looks in her everyday life. (Read: Body-Positive Blogger Reveals the Trick to Making Cellulite Disappear)

"Instagram vs. Real life! Not a transformation photo - I took these seconds apart," she captions the photo. "On the left I'm flexing pretty hard and on the right I'm not even pushing out, I'm just relaxed as you'd find me at any other moment in the day. Just a reality check." A much-needed one, too.

Every so often, we are tricked into thinking our bodies should look a certain way to be considered attractive. More times than not, those seemingly perfect images on social media that evoke those feelings are products of perfect lighting, angles, and sometimes even some photoshop. So next time you find yourself picking out your flaws, take a step back and remind yourself that you are beautiful just the way you are.



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