Oh, TikTok! It seems like every day the app throws up a new health 'hack', be it dry scooping your pre-workout energy powder (FYI: don't) or vaginal, err, splinting... This time around, it's a new 'magic' fitness move designed to blitz away fat concentrated around the belly area. And personal trainer Courtney Black is really *not* into it.
Posting a couple of the TikTok videos currently doing the rounds on her own Instagram page, Courtney quickly shut them down in front of her 850,000 followers. The clips show various women attempting a bizarre-looking standing crunch type-move (honestly, it's a little hard to describe?), which is being promoted as the perfect way to achieve a flat stomach.
"Another questionable video I’ve seen nearly every day on my explore page which angers me so much 😡," the trainer, who has her own workout plan, wrote as a caption. "I know so many people who would be influenced by these videos!"
She then went on to clarify that if your current fitness goal is to lose weight, that there's no 'quick fix' solution and that in reality, it's always a case of eating less and moving more, in order to be in a calorie deficit. It's also not possible to burn fat from just one concentrated area of the body.
"If your aim is to loose belly fat please do not believe these videos… eat less, move more, a combination of both is the perfect mix to be in a calorie deficit," says Courtney. "This is no quick fix! ❤️"
Courtney also overlaid a clip of herself copying the move and added that "diet culture is toxic" – which we fully agree with – and pointed to a few short, sharp sentences: 'How to lose belly fat', 'Eat less', 'Move more' and 'Calorie deficit'.
Also, on that note, can we just take a quick moment to add in that while losing weight can be a positive step and be beneficial to some, it's not always the right choice - or advisable - for others. All body shapes and sizes are beautiful and it's never okay to feel pressured to look a 'certain' way, or to 'less than' if you don't have abs of steel.
The post has already garnered over 19,000 likes and hundreds of comments - and while the majority of them are laughing emojis, there are some social media users saying they've seen their friends or neighbours copying the original TikTok videos that Courtney has parodied. Meaning, it was certainly a good idea for her to clear up the myth that hunching over and breathing in and out is time well spent.
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