If there's one eternal truth of the internet, it's that people will try to shame your body. Whether you're posting bikini pictures, posting fully-clothed pictures, or not posting pictures at all, some gutless loser will try to make you feel bad about your god-given corpus. That's when you have to turn to the experts: social media fitness gurus. They get hate from hundreds of anonymous body-shamers every day, and they're as skilled at clapping back as they are at squats. Here are some of their best tips on how to handle the haters:
1. Ignore them.
Dana Falsetti overcame a binge-eating disorder, lost more than 100 pounds, and became a yoga instructor who can pull off a mean crow pose. She maintains an Instagram page where she posts photos of her wicked moves, never even deigning to acknowledge the disgusting trolls who constantly mock her for having a little excess skin, and not trying to hide it.
Not afraid of my body. I've lost 100 pounds and things have changed a lot. I have excess skin all over, mostly around my breasts, belly, and back. This is something I was really self conscious about for a while, but I've learned to be strong and to see the beauty in the journey I've been on. I hated my body for a long time, no matter what it looked like, and I won't anymore. Feeling love for my body then and now is a daily practice. I'll keep it real - It's really not easy for me to post this, I'm actually tearing up, but I'm genuinely sharing my heart and vulnerability because I believe it's important for me and for all of us. photo by @khancreated
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2. Get ahead of them.
Fitness guru Anna Victoria posts plenty of Instagram pics where her stomach looks perfectly flat. But she knows as well as anyone that the key to a flat tummy isn't working out—it's the camera angle. So to preemptively shut down any judgmental losers, she proudly posted this photo of her stomach rolls.