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A young fitness coach has been praised on social media for pointing out how much a person's body can change throughout the day.
She captioned the post: "An image is a nanosecond snapshot of our existence, are often from an angle we would never seen ourselves from and that feel unfamiliar to use [sic]."
In the first picture, she can be seen wearing a bikini in her home with a seemingly different figure than she has later that same day at the beach.
While in the second, a similar scenario plays out, with the fitness coach looking a little different in the first snap taken on the same day.
She went on to explain that pictures can be 'reality warping' as there's so many external factors that influence what your body looks like in them – like the angle and light.
"In the morning the natural light comes from 'below' (sun rising) and in a changing room the light comes harshly from above, accentuating my hair highlights," she explained.
While she admits that she does fit typical female beauty standards, she said that even she was affected by the fluctuating look of her body in images – so much so that there was a time when she'd avoid being in photographs.
But she explained that she was able to change her mindset by accepting that the appearance of her body was in a constant state of flux.
"Rejecting your appearance has consistently led to unfulfilled moments in life such as avoiding things you really want to do," she wrote. "Normalising your own appearance will help your body image and relationship with yourself more than 'insta vs reality' post ever will."
When a person's perception of their body doesn't match reality, it can result in a condition called body dysmorphia, which sees an individual obsess over their own perceived flaws.
The fitness instructor then challenged her followers to ask themselves an important question the next time they doubt themselves and their bodies.
She wrote: "So next time you're confronted with an image that makes you doubt yourself, ask: Can I practice viewing this as an opportunity to normalise my own appearance?"
Fans of the fitness coach were quick to praise her for the post, which could help many suffering from low self esteem in this area or, potentially, something as severe as body dysmorphia.
One wrote: "This is amazing! I feel like I look different in every picture and this goes to show maybe I really do! Hahha! Love love love this. Our bodies get to change and be loved the same."
"We need to see more of this," added a second. "You are an inspiration."
"This is so good," remarked a third. "Thank you for sharing. It's so encouraging."
Topics: Real Life