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Don't get us wrong, most before and after fitness transformation photos are the result of months or years of hard work.

The images show the participants' commitment to the gym and dedication to honing their body in a certain way, and the motivation snaps completely saturate most fitness social media feeds.

However, one fitness guru has taken it upon herself to make us think twice about before and after shots with an interesting snap of her own. 

The Fashion Fitness Foodie took to Instagram to share this snap with her 55,000 followers, to prove that before and after snaps are not always as they seem. 

'What does this image honestly do for you? I took it over a week ago with the intention of posting a tensing vs 'pushing out' reality check,' she captioned the image.⠀ ⠀

'However shortly after I made it, I…suddenly realised how incredibly demotivating it could be for the body positivity movement,' she said, recognising how important it is to be body pos. 

'You see although my intentions were good (and correct me if I’m wrong), I’m aware that my body shape is probably not very diverse.'

'So I question how inspiring it would be to self-depreciate or patronise you by showing you my 'love handles’ or ‘rolls’.'

'I think the body positivity movement is about being inclusive of ALL bodies but the majority of these kind of images/physique updates I see on social media are generally slim girls like myself,' she finished. 

Her post sparked a massive debate in the comments section, with fitness fans contributing their thoughts about before and after shots and body positivity.

'No person today is immune to the feelings of inadequacy, comparison, and body shaming that is so pervasive in our culture,' said one. 

'You can be too skinny, too fat, too tall, too short, too square, too broad, etc. the list goes on.'

'Body positivity is about loving where you naturally are – about being comfortable enough to show what you actually look like.'

Hear, hear!


Made In Chelsea star Louise Thompson has had a major body overhaul in recent months.

The petite designer has grown some serious muscles, and her Instagram account is rife with gym selfies, foodie posts and snaps with her personal trainer boyfriend.

However, fans were less than impressed with something the fitness guru said in a caption on a recent picture.


A photo posted by Louise Thompson (@louise.thompson) on

"Muscles are there, now need to get rid of the fat over the top," she added to a caption on Instagram.

Fans were outraged by the stars use of the word "fat" to describe herself, as the image shows a seriously lean Louise.

"I get what is meant by this comment but as someone who people look up to it is a very irresponsible comment. You are clearly tiny and now young girls especially will think they need to lose weight and fat to look like you" 

"As someone who has suffered an eating disorder this upsets me because people need a healthy amount of fat to function," said one Instagram fan.


A video posted by Louise Thompson (@louise.thompson) on

"Wtf fat?! Uh you're tiny," commented another user.

Some fans rushed to Louise's defence, claiming that if the star wants to burn whatever body fat she has left, then that is her right. 

"It's fine to have self motivation and be healthy, but to project the unrealistic expectation on 90,0000 followers that your shape isn't good enough, or even unhealthy, is irresponsible," said another.


A photo posted by Louise Thompson (@louise.thompson) on

Louise has not responded to the criticism, and continues to post fitness and workout videos with her boyfriend to her Instagram. 

Couples who train together, stay together, right?


Let's be real, trying to stay fit and healthy when your a busy woman can be super-tricky, and most of the time we don't even know where to begin.

Early starts and late nights can sometimes mean all health goals go out the window – but it doesn't have to be the daunting task you think it is; it can actually be really easy. 

We caught up with fitness and nutrition expert Paul Byrne at Balfes where he was launching the new healthy breakfast menu, and he broke down the ins and outs of the working woman staying healthy.

1. Prepare, prepare, prepare

It's really important to plan and prepare what to eat everyday. Paul suggests making your lunch and breakfast the night before, so you will waste no time in the morning.

"It can be as simple as preparing your lunch the evening before. Or making porridge in the morning takes the same amount of time as making toast. It's just about choosing the healthy option that suits your lifestyle."

And if you are rushing every morning, you can have something small when you leave the house and then eat more later.

"The whole point of breakfast is breaking your fast, so have a juice before you run out of the house in the morning, and then around 11am, have your porridge or have your eggs."


2. Don't trick your body

Most of us will grab the easiest thing in the morning, like a bowl of cereal or bread, but Paul warned us against it, as it can play games with your body.

"A bowl of cereal could have about seven or eight spoonfuls of sugar in it. You might think this is grand and healthy, but sugar just makes your body crash within an hour or two and then you're back to square one."

Instead, having a bag of unsalted nuts in your handbag can give you a major boost and keep you sustained between meals.


3. Build up your fitness

As we all know, every new year we make promises to ourselves that we will work out everyday and cut out ALL the bad stuff, but Paul suggests to keep it in moderation, especially when you're only starting. 

"There's no point going to the gym five or six days a week when you're only starting out. You need to start of slow and work it up; so, maybe begin with two days a week, and work up to three days and so on."

And the same goes with food: "If you begin to eat a carrot for lunch everyday, you're going to get sick of it very quickly. Let yourself have cheat days, let yourself have that glass of wine on Saturday night. You should never deprive your body of anything."


4. Don't fall for myths

You will often see on TV and on the Internet, myths about being healthy, but Paul says that most of it is made up, and always stick to what works for you and only you.

"A couple of years ago there was a myth about the yellow of the egg being really bad for you. It's not at all. Myths like this can completely ruin diets and give people unachievable goals. Just stick to the basics and you will be fine."


Healthy breakfast and lunch dishes are available at Balfes Restaurant, The Westbury Hotel.


It sounds like the perfect solution: no nasty direct debit gym memberships and no having to haul yourself from the couch to the gym on a wet and windy winter evening.

But breaking a sweat at home isn't always easy – not least when but don't have a clue where to start in terms of equipment.

In fact, if you don't choose your at-home workout stables carefully, you run the risk of wasting money on devices that are poorly designed, difficult to use or simply take up too much space. 

After all, how many machines end up as clothes racks after a month or so?

So here, SHEmazing! details three of the key things you need to consider before setting up your ultimate at-home workout area:


Available space

Some machines can take up a lot of space so you need to consider where to place it. Equipment varies in size so measure everything and double check it will fit – otherwise it will probably end up in the attic or shed.



A clever thing to do is make a list of all the features you want your equipment to have. This way you won't be disappointed when it arrives and only has half of the things you want. Equally, forking out for fancy-pants stuff that boasts a load of advanced specifications you don't need or want is a waste. 



The best home-equipment is often expensive and you should think of it as an investment. Do keep in mind that quality matters – you will likely get a better workout from a more expensive, solidly built, and reliable machine that will hold up through daily use. Otherwise you run the risk of the machine breaking down early on. 




Some of Michelle Keegan’s fans have shared their concern for the actress after she posted a selfie of herself last night.

Michelle showed off her tanned abs in a tiny white crop top for a selfie in her hotel bathroom mirror, while she was working in Scotland.

Writing alongside the Twitter snap, she said, “Saturday night chill night!”

While some fans complimented her "fab" and “toned” body, others were worried that the star looked a bit too thin.

Michelle has kept no secret of her full-on work out sessions ahead of her wedding to Mark Wright, but some fans think she’s gone a little too far.

“Get that girl a sandwich, and FAST” one follower posted on Twitter.

“I miss the healthier Michelle, she’s just too thin now!” said another. 

What do you think – super fit, or just too thin?



Cheska Hull has revealed her secrets to staying fit and trim. 

The Made in Chelsea star recently dropped a dress size and gave some tips to OK! on how she stays in shape: "My ultimate diet tip would be to always drink tons of water – I think people forget that, but it does a great job of flushing everything out. I'm also making an effort to eat less carbs, more vegetables and snack on things like avocados and nuts instead of having a packet of crisps and an ice-cream."

Well, Cheska's tips have certainly worked for her – she looks amazing! Those Chelsea gals sure know how to look good! 



Alessandra Ambrosio has been a Victoria’s Secret Angel for some time now and she knows what it takes to stay in shape.

The model appears on the cover of June’s Self magazine and looks absolutely incredible – but doesn’t keep how she does it a secret. Phew!

Alessandra did admit that prior to the birth of her daughter, Anja, she didn’t work out very much at all, but then that all changed.

“When I started Victoria’s Secret at 21, I never worked out … Then when I got pregnant with my daughter, I gained about 60 pounds and had to walk the Victoria’s Secret show three months later. That was the first time I really had to fight to get my body back into shape.”

The model even shared a few exercise tips: “I’ll do three sets of 25 Supermans … I don’t really do much for my arms: throwing my kids in the air helps already. Plus, as a Brazilian I know the last thing a man is going to look at – even after you feet – is your arms!”

Hmm, we’re not sure we’ll be putting down the dumbbells quite yet!



So you’re a fitness enthusiast? Or you’re looking for an excuse to scrape yourself of the couch? This might just do it for you…as this is pilates as you’ve never seen it!

Niamh from SHEmazing! TV went along to the launch of Pilates Performance’s new refurbished studio in Rathfarnham in Dublin where Ryan Thomas, better know as Coronation Street’s heart throb Jason Grimshaw was showcasing the pilates machines…which looked a lot more fifty shades than one would expect!

Not to be missed!



Kellan Lutz has been chatting to Men’s Health about how he got in shape to play Hercules in the upcoming film of the same name.

Using his spare time while filming Twilight to visit the gym and having a dietician when filming Immortals seems to have done the trick for him. He said: “Every hour they’d hand you eight almonds or a plate of spinach”.

Kellan also revealed his secret to staying on track when eating out: “Just ask if they have salmon and avocado and if they would mind throwing together a salad for you. It’s being deliberately ignorant but it works”.

Well Kellan, all we have to say is, whatever you’re doing, never stop. Ever.