In order to demonstrate how bloating may affect even the leanest individuals, a gym bunny posted images of her body that were taken 12 hours apart.
To encourage body positivity among her 37,000 Instagram followers, online coach Liv, also known as Liv Livin Life, frequently shares workout advice.
She wants to make women feel more at ease in the gym and to help them develop positive eating habits.
She shared two side-by-side photos of herself, one showcasing her lean body and the other showcasing her swollen stomach.
In order to demonstrate that bloating is “normal” and that many people experience it, Liv posted the pictures.
Writing on Instagram, Liv said: “12 HOUR TRANSFORMATION.
“No but for real! Left: first thing in the morn, no bloat, the right: middle of the day, TOTM, hormones, bloat and this used to get to me SO MUCH, but now I just remind myself it is my body doing its thannng.
“So here to show you some BLOATING REMINDERS:
“Number one is that bloating is COMPLETELY NORMAL!”
She continued: “And it’s all about learning to just EMBRACE IT!
“I used to think I was the only person who bloated and I HATED IT, but the truth is that everyone bloats your food has to go somewhere!
“But also hormones, stress, time of the month, SO MANY FACTORS and often it is much worse in your head than it looks to others, so stop fixating on it, wear some comfy clothes & realise there is so much more to life than a little bloat in your stomach!”
Many individuals have contacted Liv in support since she shared the photos.
She has received nearly 2,000 likes on the post, and her followers have labelled her “genius.”
One person said: “I’m so concerned by bloating, but it’s actually getting better and better now. I love your posts about it. Thank you.”
A second added: “We all have those days. Well said honey.”