Everyone gets bloated—even fitness influencers who post inviable selfies showing off their flat, fat-free stomachs.
Now, 23-year-old Erin Mitchell is sharing the trick she and other influencers use to achieve that toned-tummy look when their midsections are anything but. On Monday, she posted a before-and-after photo on Instagram, wearing the same sports bra and leggings in each.
“So, I have a secret ……… did you know that if you hike your waistband up, you can create the illusion of a flatter tummy?” she captioned the photo.
“The people you see on social media showing off their amazing abs bloat too,” she wrote. “Lighting, high-waisted leggings, the time of day, angles, genetics, body fat %, what you ate and when you ate it all affect the visibility of abs. Never ever ever confuse belly bloat for a lack of progress, and never ever ever let it hold you back!”
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Mitchell goes on to explain that she knows all about bloating. She naturally tends to bloat, and her body stores fat in her stomach area, which can make her self-conscious and affect her gym performance.
Though she reveals this trick she and other influencers use, she also makes an important point: "You don't NEED to have a perfectly flat, super-defined tummy to be fit or happy."