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‘Ab Crack’ a Dangerous Instagram Trend

‘Ab Crack’ a Dangerous Instagram Trend. Have you ever heard this term? You should have if you have an Instagram account. More than 19 million Google searches confirm that ab crack has become more than a trend. But why is it so popular? What does it consist of? Why are celebrities advocating for it?, and especially, is it dangerous?

Now that fitness has become so popular, that people are getting more and more concerned about health and shape, a new trend has appeared. Supermodels such as Hannah Bronfman, Emily Ratajowski and Stella Maxwell have said they’re fans of this new trend. What does it consist of? It’s basically a line which crosses an ultra-flat belly, from top to bottom. It corresponds to the linea alba, a kind of tendon that goes from the breastbone to the pubic area.

See that? That's the infamous ab crackSee that? That’s the infamous ab crack

Having visible abs is a dream and a goal for many people, and many can get them to be visible. Genetics, diet and working out can help abs to stand over in your body. However, this trend is different. The ab crack, or diastasis recti, has been known for a long time by culturists. It happens when, due to too much exercise, the tissue that connects abs gets brokeb. Thus, abs get separated and the tendon gets a prominent place, making it seem like your abs have cracked.

It is a non-painful condition – that’s why doctors all around the world are so worried. It can cause hernia and must be chirurgically treated. However, abs don’t have to tear open so that the line is visible – if the separation process starts, the line will appear. The worst that could happen is that the abs get loose and prominent, as it has happened to some culturists over the years.

What Do Models Really Eat? The Answer, on Instagram

What Do Models Really Eat? The Answer, on Instagram

What does a model really eat? Many of us have wondered that since many years ago. What do they mix, what can they do, why can’t they taste? Now, popular Australian model Sjana Earp has answered this question on her Instagram account @sjanaelise. Followed by more than 1.2 million people, the profile features the model doing yoga poses, laughing, exercising, spending time with her boyfriend – and her dishes. This 21-year-old girl has been posting a series of images and videos explaining what she usually eats during a normal day.

Earp, whose passion for health has put her on the focus of the media, has gotten good likes with those pictures and videos – the last dish she posted has been liked 22K times. She has confirmed to her million followers that you don’t need to base your diet on lettuce exclusively to be slim.

Earp's usual breakfast.
Earp’s usual breakfast.

Loyal to that idea, her breakfast tends to start with a bowl of fiber cereal, together with a dish full of finely diced fruit, which is a perfectly healthy dish, though it lacks the protein necessary for the start of the day. Then, she has a dish full of rice and coconut curry with – here it comes – some lettuce. A dish full of energy, delicious and with a very low calory count. Along the day she takes also some snacks, such as coffee with soy milk and some seafood. At the end of the day, there comes a mix of sweet potatoes and vegetables.

All of these dishes are, in fact, more caloric than lettuce. Another broken myth around models? Earp has said that she doesn’t want to change the world, but to make people eat things that make them feel well and are healthy. “I want people to eat those things that make them feel full of energy, healthy and alive.”


“Don’t Believe Everything You See on Instagram”

“Don’t Believe Everything You See on Instagram”. Steel abs, hard buttocks and perfectly soft skin – fitness gurus show their sculpted and tanned bodies on Instagram, and have become an inspiration for many women around the world. For others, they are a source of complexes and insecurities. This is especially hard to realize when you think that many of the pictures they post don’t show reality as it is. Model and fitness guru Anna Victoria has unveiled the truth – on Instagram.

The moral behind this story we’re going to tell you is “Don’t compare your body to those of fitness gurus on Instagram, Twitter or Snapchat. Why? Simply because those pictures you see on social networks are not a reflection of reality.

On Instagram, where fitness gurus’ presence is more noticeable, it’s very easy to add a filter to a picture, to play with light and angles or to photoshop some photos before uploading them. That’s what Anna Victoria has shown us. This young model and fitness guru has an Instagram profile (@annavictoria) followed by more than one million people. Recently married, Victoria posted a picture to show that Instagram celebrities don’t necessarily resemble the way they look on Instagram.

Victoria's Instagram lesson Victoria’s Instagram lesson

She pictured this with, of course, a picture. She posted two images next to each other. In one, she was standing up, showing her sculptural body to the camera. The one on the right depicted her sitting, the fat on her belly forming rolls. Those images were taken 2 minutes apart. “If you focus on how bad you look in the bad angles, at least focus on how good you look in the good ones too!! […] Someone recently said to me that we all have our good angles and […] our bad angles, so why do we let our bad angles carry so much more weight than our good angles?”

Let’s hope her words make those obsessed with the perfect body a little more aware that they’re great – when they stand up, and they sit down.

Woman Loses 200 Lb and Instagram Witnesses

Woman Loses 200 Lb and Instagram Witnesses

Simone Anderson’s story isn’t that kind of story you hear every now Of course we’ve all known some people who have devoted to working out and dieting and finally have lost those extra pounds that made them feel bad about themselves. 10, 20, 30 lb. is what we’re used to hearing – but then there’s an Australian woman who’s lost no less than 200 lb. in less than two years! And, for the record, Instagram has been a permanent witness of that enormous change.

Simone Anderson lives in Auckland, New Zealand. One day, she decided that she couldn’t put up with her weight anymore. Did she get depressed? Did she start going to the gym then left after two weeks? Not at all. Simone kept working out, day after day, and nearly two years later you couldn’t trust your eyes. She lost 200 lb., going from around 370 lb. on August 24 2014 to an incredible 170 lb., which is her current weight.

She’s been documenting the whole process on her Instagram account, @simone_anderson, whose title “Journey To Health” can give us an idea of how glad she is because of this accomplishment. Having 167 K followers currently, she’s posted everything from pics of the healthy dishes she and her friends cook to her workout routines, together with pictures showing how her body adapted to this astonishing weight loss.

Simone working out Simone working out

Simone has very loose skin, which she’s very proud of: “Now as much as I would love to have it removed I’m actually so proud of this skin, the stretch marks and sagging skin as it shows just how far I have come!”

She’s the proof that we can accomplish our goals if we put effort in them, and that, although it may take longer than we initially foretold, we can push our body to the limits we want. A heavy reason to go for them – especially when we can inspire others to do so.

Instagram Users Expose Before-And-After Faked Pics

Every beauty company in the world, every gym, every vitamin add in this world is likely to feature two images. On the left, we can see how a person looked like before they discovered this gym or that diet; on the right, we see the improved version of that person – often wearing the same outfit they wore in the first image. No matter what companies tell us, those images were not taken weeks or months apart, not even days apart – but just less than a minute apart. That’s what a new hashtag created by Instagram users is trying to expose. Witness the #30secondbeforeandafter trend.

Why did all this started? Of course, because of summer. The nearer summertime is, the more likely it is to see companies advertise slim bodies. People get kind of obsessed with having a summer body. Then companies start advertising their wonderful products, that can make you go from chubby to skinny in the blink of an eye.

A 30-second weigh loss or a visual trick? A 30-second weigh loss or a visual trick?

Someone had to yell stop, and that someone was Conner Rensch (@crensch), a model known for having lost more than 120 pounds and proudly showing her stretch marks. She has always advocated self-esteem and has always insisted on the importance of knowing that nobody’s life is as perfect as their social networks show. The piece of advice she’s been giving since she decided to change her lifestyle is “Don’t try and imitate everything you see on a screen.” It is neither healthy nor recommendable.

What is the secret, then, of those amazing changes in 30 seconds? One picture shows someone with a “bad posture, sticking stomach out, pushing legs together.” Another one depicts them “standing up straight, flexing stomach, pushing thighs apart.” That’s all.

What all this is trying to tell people are “Don’t be fooled by this kind of advertisement.” It’s not healthy.

The Dark Side of Instagram

The Dark Side of Instagram. Instagram is the most widely used picture-sharing app in the world. Not only celebrities but normal people use it to be connected and know a little more about the world. Especially youths, who have found that Instagram has everything they’ve asked for. They can follow their favorite stars, food and fitness accounts, or learn something or simply let themselves fly by the precious landscapes and breathtaking places.

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The Dark Side of Instagram

Nevertheless, there’s a problem with Instagram and youths

some of them use it to share images related to depression or eating disorders. That’s, at least, what research by the Seattle Children’s Hospital Research Lab has concluded after looking at some hashtags closely. Dr Megan Moreno, who specialized in teenager medicine at the Washington University.

According to Dr Moreno, this kind of content is a general trend in social media, despite the platforms’ efforts to control the issue. Teenagers and youngsters modify some words, changing the order of letters or adding extra ones, in order to get the contents they want to post past Instagram’s filters. That’s the case of the well known hashtag #Ana, used to promote and show anorexia-related pictures and behaviors; #Deb, used for depression; #Olive, to talk and show about OCD’s and #Cat to talk about self-harming. The latter is the most used by youths, and had more than 56 million pictures throughout 2015.

How many of this #Cat pictures are related to cutting and how many to cats? Dr Moreno says that the figures are alarming. However, Instagram is trying to help those who suffer this kind of disorders, and now links people who use certain hashtags to sites and telephones that can help them go through their problem and get over it. That shows that, whenever there is a big problem, Instagram also gives solutions.

Can Instagram Help Overcome Anorexia?

Can Instagram Help Overcome Anorexia? A lot of teenage girls do something peculiar with their dreams, their regrets and their friends – they post them online. Maybe their names are unknown, but many girls get followed by thousands or millions of people on Instagram. There is a not so small group of girls who have something in common: they suffer from eating disorders and say Instagram has helped them get out of that vicious circle.

Can Instagram Help Overcome Anorexia?
Instagram as an ode to healthy eating.

“I think that it’s what’s helped me the most,” says Ashleigh Ponder, an American girl who was diagnosed with anorexia at age 13. Today, nearly 20,000 people follow her account, Balanced Not Clean (@balancednotclean – removed acc), where she posts all of her meals.

Profiles like Ashleigh’s have been flourishing for a while

Their follower counts are in the thousands. Hashtags like #BeatAna or #AnorexiaRecovery are like records who tell us about the success of thousands of young girls. There they can talk, they can say what they fear to say at home or school. Through Instagram, they know they’re not alone. Ashleigh says that Instagram allowed her to discuss with people like her without feeling sorry for it. Not only young girls, but also young boys, helped her. “The community is the key. Most of the time, we hear each other, we discuss our problems, and we give solutions. The food that we eat has allowed us to become friends.”

If you search through the hashtags mentioned above, you’ll be able to see mostly two things. First of all, you’ll see pictures of dishes that will make you hungry in one second. It’s the nice thing about this: recovery is possible, and it’s enjoyable. Then you may also see (though they are not as common as food pictures) photographs of happy people. Instagram helped them become happier. Let’s hope it ends many more troubled people in such a good way.