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Is fitspo ok? - March 29th 2016, 05:15 PM

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Is thinspo or fitspo ever ok. I just need some motivation to keep dieting sometimes.
It helps me. Is it really that bad even if you’re not underweight?
   
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Re: Is fitspo ok? - March 29th 2016, 06:07 PM

If you have an eating disorder then yes it's bad. I think it's bad anyway because like you said it motivates you to keep dieting.


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Re: Is fitspo ok? - March 29th 2016, 06:16 PM

To me, I think that both thinspo and fitspo promote being "thin," thus shaming those who do not fit the mold of being such. When one searches thinspo or fitspo on social media sites (Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, etc.) there is a warning that pops up stating that it could be triggering for those with (or developing) eating disorders. They wouldn't put that message for no reason. Thinspo and fitspo are dangerous because most of the time, there is a caption or text on the picture saying something very negative. "Don't accept who you are now because you can become better." "Dream of what you can become." How is that promoting positive body image? You can want to lose weight all you want, but you HAVE to have a positive attitude behind it in order for it to not become out of control. Fitspo claims to promote fitness and not necessarily focus on weight; however, they constantly show thin people working out and gaining muscle. They never show overweight or curvy people. There's almost no fat or flaws on people in those pictures. Therefore, they're telling people to become someone they're not because they're not worth a dime the way they are now. That is wrong, unethical, and complete bullshit (sorry for the language, just speaking the truth). If fitness and health was the main goal, they'd show people of all different sizes and would focus on that aspect not on looks. Fit does not equate thin. Health does not equate thin, either. People can be completely healthy and overweight.

You are asking if it's ok, which means you are having doubts yourself, and you know that it's not necessarily a good tool to lose weight. There are many other ways to gain motivation to get fit. However, shaming yourself and obsessing over pictures of extremely thin people will not get you there. It will just make you think "what if" and "why can't I be her" etc.

If you want to diet and get fit, that's fine. But you have to have a good mindset behind it. So use other tools. Make goals to run or bike a marathon. It is much more satisfying than looking at pictures of other women/men and eliminating certain foods because you think they're automatically going to make you fat. It's all about the three m's: moderation, movement, and mindset.

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