Do You Think “Fitspiration” Posts On Social Media Are Harmful? Loni Love Does: “It’s Unrealistic Expectations”

April 10, 2019  |  

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In a recent episode of The Real, the ladies (minus Tamera, who had Dr. Drew Pinsky fill her seat for the day) talked about a story that questioned whether people’s fitness posts were inspiring or intimidating for others. It’s a conversation that’s been had before, with most people saying they don’t find themselves feeling insecure about the post-fitness or before-and-after shots that folks share. Surprisingly though, Loni Love made clear that she’s not really a fan of them because they create unrealistic expectations for people who don’t have the access or ability to do what they see some doing (and claiming they’re doing) on social media.

“A lot of the times I think they’re saying that, those people who post, you don’t know what they actually did,” she said. “It does matter. If you’re doing something to alternate your body that’s not natural, it’s okay, and that’s your business, but don’t act like you did it naturally.”

Her response surprised co-host Adrienne Houghton, who felt that people who were insulted, per se, by the photos of fitness enthusiasts, were reading too deeply into them, and shouldn’t be aspiring to look like those individuals. Love disagreed.

“That’s why they call it fit inspiration, it’s supposed to inspire,” she said. “Just say, ‘You know what? I just want to show off my bomb a– body.'”

When Houghton brought up trainer Massy Arias and how she was criticized for sharing her post-baby snapback after spending a great deal of her pregnancy in the gym, Love used that as an example of unrealistic expectations that are set for others, even if done inadvertently. While the fitness star spent almost every day training until she gave birth, Love said that could make other expectant and working mothers feel like they aren’t doing enough.

“That’s great, but a lot of mothers can’t do that. Your average mother can’t do that,” she said. “That’s not her fault. I’m saying, don’t sit back and say that’s an inspiration. Say, ‘I just want to show off my body,’ but don’t try to inspire other people when it’s unrealistic expectations for regular working people.”

Love said, overall, the motivation behind inspirational — aka “fitspirational — posts should be about more than the physical.

“I think we should work to be healthy.”

Interesting enough, Love was recently weight-loss inspiration for other people after losing 30 pounds. However, she made clear that she wasn’t working out because she was concerned about what her body was looking like, but rather, what it was feeling like on the inside.

“I just want to say to people out there that are struggling, whether you’re trying to gain weight or you’re trying to lose it, take your time. It is no quick fixes,” she said at the time. “I’m going to take my time, I’m going to watch my portions, I’m going to exercise a little bit more and try to change my lifestyle.”

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