How Your Instagram Obsession Can Help You Lose Weight

Yes, we know. Instagram makes us more likely to snap our lives and spend hours with our heads buried in our phones. But, it’s also responsible for something else. It’s changing the eating habits of a generation.

We’ve been warned about the dangers of sugar. Told to be healthier, showed the studies and the facts. But we’re the generation who grew up with so much stimulation. Sugary sweets that we didn’t know the downsides of, and overstimulating games that are coming back into fashion (Pokemon Go!).

After countless initiatives to help us make better choices, it turns out the answer was right under our noses all along.

According to a new study, people change their eating habits because of the repeated messages via social media. Honestly, I’m getting healthy after finding my personal trainer on Instagram and looking at healthy meals in my work breaks. It showed me that health and fitness can be accessible. It’s not exclusive or hard. Nobody’s got time to prepare food for more than 30 minutes – and Instagram has taught me that healthy food can be easier than take away!

It’s amazing that we’re all making better choices! The research has yet to be published but the findings point towards new ways to promote healthier eating, because if we think our peers are all doing it, we’re way more likely to do so. So here are a few of my favorite healthy-motivation Instagram accounts, stalk them at your own pleasure. It’ll only make you healthier:

@annavictoria


@emilyskyefit

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@jenselter

A photo posted by Jen Selter (@jenselter) on


@iquitsugar

A photo posted by I Quit Sugar (@iquitsugar) on


@thewholefooddiary

 

Do you use Instagram to get healthy? Share your favorite health-inspo Instagram accounts in the comments below…

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  • Great post ! I had never thought of that aspect of instagram, thanks for sharing
    Xoxo
    http://fashionbackyard.blogspot.co.uk

  • Rachael Bull

    Yes completely agree! I particularly love yoga accounts to motivate me to get on the mat… @beachyogagirl is a big fave 🙏 X

  • I fully agree, seeing inspirational healthy individuals everyday can really get you determined to make a change. It did for me and I hope I can do it for others

    Amy | http://www.yankified.com

  • Gitana Deneff

    I totally believe this. Especially when I see pictures of water in fancy glass water bottle that look so pretty with fruit floating around in it :) Yum! Thanks for the post!

    Gitana | Books & Bellinis | Instagram

  • This is such an interesting idea, it is definitely a place to find great inspiration!

  • This is so true! I find myself reaching for snacks less after I’ve been looking at all the healthy meals I’ve spotted on instagram by people I follow.

    Kelsey x
    http://www.kelsey-rose.com

  • Yes this is so true! I use the accounts I follow on Instagram as inspiration for my next healthy meal because I often find it can be easier than Pinterest.

    xo, Skylar
    http://www.styledbyskylar.com

  • I’ve definitely found a lot of inspiration from women on Instagram. You see that they’re making their lives healthy and strong, and it’s not some scammy magazine cover. They’re real people!

    http://www.thebusinessofblooming.com

  • I’d love to see some research on this and see what impact Instagram is having on eating habits. I think Instagram can get a bad rep for encouraging unhealthy messages, but we should also look to this positive side! While I don’t think Instagram and healthy eating accounts are necessarily reaching all the people we’d need to in order to make drastic, population-level changes, it’s one more small step towards it and that doesn’t hurt.
    Jennifer x
    Ginevrella | Lifestyle Blog

  • Great to hear about this, as I sure haven’t been slacking on my Instagram use. And I could agree, seeing fitspo on my feed collectively does part of the trick!

    http://poshpossibilities.blogspot.com

  • This is such a great post – we are so used to hearing about the negative side of social media and getting bombarded with triggering imagery, but if imagery can make us feel negative, the opposite kind of imagery should have the opposite effect so I can totally see how and why this works!

    Rae | Love from Berlin