A fitness blogger’s honest Instagram post is making headlines for all the right reasons.
Anna Victoria, co-founder of the Fit Body Guide, got real when she shared an unedited photo of her arm cellulite in harsh lighting. She positioned it beside another photo of her fit and trim arm to show how lighting can affect the appearance of our skin.
Lighting. Is. Everything. 99% of pictures you see on social media are taken in the best possible lighting and that ain't no accident 💁 so when I got into the elevator with the lighting on the right, I zoned in on the cellulite on the back of my arms. Yes, cellulite on your arms is a thing! I've had it since the beginning of my journey and while it's lightened up since then, it's still not totally gone... because I'm human. Seriously, girls, stop thinking you're the only one with cellulite and that it's some kind of disease! Yes, it absolutely can be reduced through healthy diet, exercise and proper water intake, but another component which you can't control is genetics, and just being human. It's not bad to want to reduce the sight of cellulite just like it's not bad to want to lose weight and feel more confident overall, but don't set out to lose weight JUST to have less cellulite. It can be a cherry on top of all the other amazing benefits. If you ask me how to reduce the appearance of cellulite, my answer will be: healthy diet, regular exercise and proper water intake - that's it. I will not suggest creams or wraps or whatever else the current fad is because those are only short term fixes (IF that..) and perpetuate the idea that health/results can be found in a bottle/package. So, do I love the look of my arms on the right? No, but I don't hate it or myself for it, either. And you shouldn't either ❤️ #fbggirls #realtalk #cellulite www.annavictoria.com/guides
“Lighting. Is. Everything,” she wrote in the now-viral post, which, since being posted about two days ago, had received nearly 36,000 likes as of Wednesday morning. “99% of pictures you see on social media are taken in the best possible lighting and that ain’t no accident.”
While diet, lifestyle and genetics can all play a role in the formation of cellulite, Victoria had a simple retort for any potential critics: “Yes, cellulite on your arms is a thing!”
“I’ve had it since the beginning of my journey,” she wrote, “and while it’s lightened up since then, it’s still not totally gone… because I’m human.”