At 51, Bethenny Frankel posts bikini pic explaining why she's happier now than she was in her 20s

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  • Bethenny Frankel shared a bikini photo on Instagram and got candid about her self-confidence.

  • The reality star admitted to being “less happy” with her looks in her 20s than she is now at 51.

  • “I dieted & exercised endlessly & was much heavier & less happy overall with my physical appearance,” she wrote.

They say youth is wasted on the young, but according to Bethenny Frankel, they can have it. In a new Instagram, the 51-year-old proudly posed poolside in a periwinkle bikini and sun hat to reflect on how 'less happy' she was in her 20s and 30s—a time when she felt pressured to keep up by constantly dieting and working out. She doesn’t do any of that now, and feels better for it.

'Here’s the unfortunate truth,' she began. 'I rarely exercise. I hate water. I prioritize sleep but fail. I eat whatever I want but I never binge.' And still, she added, 'I run around like a lunatic with endless energy.'

The Real Housewives star went on to explain that early adulthood was much different. 'In my 20s & 30s I dieted & exercised endlessly & was much heavier & less happy overall with my physical appearance,' she wrote.

In getting older, Frankel has learned how to accept things about herself that were harder to embrace 20 years ago. How? Well, because life is simply too short to care. 'I have good skin but I sag in some places & am thin, but not in any notable muscular shape by anyone’s standards,' she explained. And don’t think the relaxed attitude equates to self-neglect—all of Frankel’s lifestyle choices come in moderation.

'I choose balance and happiness & doing the best that I can,' she declared. 'When I’m 90 I won’t wish I exercised more, that’s for sure.' (Important disclaimer: Research shows regular exercise in older adults can counteract muscle loss and maintain bone mass with age, preventing osteoporosis. It also reduces the risk of heart disease and boosts immunity.) Frankel ended the post with the hashtags: “#noglam #nofilter #loveyourself.'

Her fans and followers appreciated her authenticity, pointing out that she looks fabulous, too. 'Your honesty is why we love you B! Thank you for normalising real-life bodies... we are human, it’s time we all accept that,' one person wrote. 'Love this and love your authentic self!' another added. 'You seriously look amazing!' someone else wrote.

The entrepreneur has often shared makeup-free selfies to portray a similar message, and she’s even clapped back at trolls who shame her for not looking like she used to.

'My favourite is people telling me that I’ve aged & that I don’t look how I used to… Ummm yeah, wait…am i doing it wrong? Are we not all ageing?' she tweeted in February. 'Even if I filter myself & get plastic surgery I assume I’m still getting older, not younger right. Or am I bad at math & science? 🤔'

As you can probably tell, Frankel isn’t afraid to tell it like it is. And that’s why people love her.

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