People love a good before and after weight loss photo series. These may be the most popular types of Instagram accounts. Then you have fitness models and health coaches, posting their daily ab photos and snaps of their healthy meals as motivation (apparently). These types of accounts can gain hundreds of thousands of followers, and many of these individuals end up getting sponsorship deals. For them—sure—posting about their fit life makes some sense. It’s their career, after all. But unless you’re trying to make money off of it, think twice before beginning to document your fitness progress on Instagram. Whether you’re going from overweight to a healthy weight, or a healthy weight to a fitness model physique, posting about your progress on social media changes the process and the experience. Everyone inherently acts differently when they know people are watching. Here is why you shouldn’t post your fitness progress on Instagram.
You’ll feel pressured to overdo it
You know how much work you want to do in the gym for yourself. You know what feels right for your body and how much you can handle. But when you add the question, “What will the caption be on this picture?” things change. You want to boast about the workout you did that day, and you want it to sound good. You may end up overdoing it, just so you can post about overdoing it. That’s not safe.