*For sensible, fad-free advice that won’t leave you with a fridge filled with water
Are you tired of diet industry bullshit on Instagram? Good, because I am too. There have been a few incidents recently that have left me shaking my head with despair. First up was Khloe Karadashian in peak double agent mode trying to sell us our self-consciousness in the form of a flat tummy shake. Hot on the heels of that were the UK reality TV stars caught out on camera admitting to not even using the ridiculous Skinny Coffee laxative drinks they regularly promote on social media. And don’t even get me started on Kim Kardashian and her fridge full of water. Honestly, the place is full of people who don’t appear to care about selling their soul for the sake of a quick #sponsoredpost pay cheque.
If that’s what you’re looking for then this blog post probably isn’t for you. I’ve unfollowed so many fitness and health bloggers recently because they post content which is unhealthy, unhelpful and actually pretty dangerous, all because they’re quite happy to profit from people’s insecurities. Quite frankly, I’ve had enough of it, and I’m planning on living this new decade free of bullshit. So without further ado, here are the female fitness influencers I follow on Instagram for sensible, informative advice that won’t have you pushing around lettuce leaves around your plate.
AKA the person who called out Adele’s personal trainer for her 1000 calorie diet plan this week. Amen to that. I’ve followed Alice for a while now and I’m a fan of her moderate and sensible approach to healthy living. She eats well and posts lots of super helpful workout videos, but she’s also realistic and isn’t afraid to be honest when the motivation to work out is low, or when she raids the biscuit cupboard at the end of the day. She also does a great range of affordable workout gear from Primark that I always seem to be kitted out in January. I just got some new fancy leggings on Saturday actually.
With so many people are looking for a the newest fad or quick fix, actress Gemma Atkinson brings a healthy dose of realness to the mix. Why? Because you only have to do a quick scroll on her Instagram to see that she does the work. She shows up to the gym, she pushes through the pain, and she gets it done – without being obsessive about it. I also love how much she mentions of her personal trainer ‘Evil Steve’ who always seems to be getting her to do just one more rep. For me, she just really inspires me to work out because it’s clear she actually enjoys the gym – while maintaining a sensible approach.
Tally is a breath of fresh air in a world of appetite suppressant ads and diet industry bullshit. Her ethos is all about exercising in a way that isn’t connected to the aesthetics of how you look or how much you weigh, and as someone who wholeheartedly hates tracking my workouts this is something I can really get behind. I don’t agree with everything she says – if I decided to eat intuitively I think I’d be eating bagels with cream cheese for the rest of my life – but I totally support what’s she’s doing. You don’t have to look a certain way to be fit and healthy and the more quickly we realise this the better.