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Genetics vs. Social Media: Our Warped Perception of What Our Bodies Should Look Like

Do Genes Determine Your Body Type And Did Influencers Just Hit The Genetic Lotto?



Can we just talk about how every few weeks it seems like a different celebrity's body is thrown in our faces? And their body is talked about in very extreme terms whether they've lost or gained weight. Why does it even matter?


Our company's goal is to make you feel confident and strong. But in the age of social media, it's so easy to have your confidence derailed by a single picture.


Immersion in social media has led to a trend of self-objectification. Instead of focusing on the skills or traits that make us awesome, we dwell on aspects of our body. And we compare, compare, compare.


"I wish my abs were as flat as [influencer]."


"I want a thigh gap like [influencer]."


"Ugh, I'm so disgusting compared to [influencer]."



The farther down the rabbit hole you go, the worse your bound to feel about yourself. Breaking yourself of this habit isn't as easy as flipping a switch, but we're here to help in any way we can.


The Truth?


Many influencers use filters, angles, editing apps and more to look the way they look online. They're just as hypercritical of how they look too, or else they wouldn't be putting that much effort into their pics.


This is not to negate the fact that many men and women work extremely hard to look the way they do. They follow an eating and exercise plan that works for their body and you just need to find the system that works for your body.



So Let's Talk Genetics.


Looking at your parents isn't automatically indicative of your body type. For example, Ashlyn has a curvy, hourglass figure while her mother has a slender, athletic build. Will Ashlyn ever look like her mom? No. Why not? Well, one reason is that Ashlyn's mom teaches P.E. and works out every day and eats clean all the time (unless she's on vacation). But even if Ashlyn adopted her mom's lifestyle, she wouldn't get that athletic look because her body is simply built differently. (Love you, mom! You rock!)


The truth is that some aspects of shape and size are closely linked to genetics while others are not.


For instance, people with "muscular" genes don't have to exercise as much as those who don't. On the other hand, if both of your parents carry weight in their midsection it’s more likely that you will too (compared to two slender parents producing a slender child).


Your genes are responsible for where your body stores fat, your metabolism, and other variations that can impact how much you eat.



As you can see, genetics are a part of the picture, but not the whole picture.


SOCIAL MEDIA IS NOT THE REST OF THE PICTURE.


Read that again.


The rest of the picture is your personal environment. What matters is how you feel at the end of every day. Your exercise and eating patterns are up to you, and if you need help to reach your goals, we're ready for you.


Stressing over how you look compared to others won't help you achieve your goals. It'll only discourage you more.



If you're struggling with social media comparison, don't try a fad diet-do a social media detox.


→ Stop following influencers that make you feel bad about yourself

→ Use hashtags that spread positivity

→ Look at your list of followers: do you follow more influencers than you do friends/family?

→ Follow accounts that feature hobbies or things that make you happy like puppies or crafting.


Do what makes you happy and love yourself for who you are.


If you're struggling, please reach out to us so we can help you feel like the incredible human you are. Feel free to share positive thoughts/love in the comments below.



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