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Em Would Rather Gain 7 Kilos and "Have More Fat" Than Be "Skinny" — Here's Why

Yea I can't believe that's me either. I used to weigh about 52kg, I weigh like 60kg now. Not that weight matters at all, but it's an interesting comparison. I started my "fitness journey" for all the wrong reasons. To be skinny and change my body as fast as poss. Yeah I achieved my goal.. I got damn skinny lol (legit still baffled I was that lean) but do you know what? The gods honest truth is that I detested my body back then. I remember taking the photo on the left 👈🏻 and it cringes me to admit it, but I hated it. I was so frustrated, and I thought that I still needed to lose fat. Weird and slightly worrying to think back on 😳. I was never enough for myself, ever. And my mind played tricks on me. But since then, my attitude to fitness has changed a lot (thankfully), and I no longer see the gym as a means to an end - but part of a healthy and maintainable lifestyle and something I really enjoy. Funnily enough, even though I weigh more and have more fat around my hips/belly/legs, I prefer the way I look now. And im living a lifestyle which is waaay more maintainable and enjoyable lol (aka food, need I say more) . Achieving your "goal body" is 100% pointless if you're not in the right headspace. You won't suddenly wake up one day and be like "there's an oblique, I love myself now!!!!". It doesn't work like that. Cheesy AF I know, but u will never be comfortable in your body if you don't learn to love urself and work on acceptance and embracing it. Food for thought 😊

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Emma has more than 208,000 followers on Instagram and she runs a successful health and fitness blog where she shares workout and diet tips. Her own fitness transformation over the years has been inspiring, and her latest post proves that she's come a long way — not just physically, but mentally and emotionally as well.

"I started my 'fitness journey' for all the wrong reasons. To be skinny and change my body as fast as poss," Em wrote. "Yeah I achieved my goal . . . but do you know what? The gods honest truth is that I detested my body back then." Em admits that she hated what she saw in the mirror and still thought she needed to "lose fat."

Since then, Em's attitude towards health and fitness has completely changed. She's gained eight kilograms over the course of a year, which is about 7 kilos, and she feels better than ever. "Even though I weigh more and have more fat around my hips/belly/legs, I prefer the way I look now," she continued. "And I'm living a lifestyle which is waaay more maintainable and enjoyable." Em works out often and eats a healthy diet, never depriving herself of food she loves.

"Achieving your 'goal body' is 100% pointless if you're not in the right headspace. You won't suddenly wake up one day and be like 'there's an oblique, I love myself now!!!!'' she wrote. "It doesn't work like that."

POPSUGAR caught up with Em about her post, which has 6,400 "likes" already. "I think (thankfully) somewhere along the line I realized that I couldn't get any 'skinnier,' and that 'skinny' didn't equal happiness," she told us. "So I started to do research on weight training and nutrition and realized that eating more and training better would help me achieve my 'body goals' and make me feel strong and happy, too."

Em wants women everywhere to know that "skinny" isn't necessarily better. She reminds us that "skinny" bodies are "put on a pedestal" in our society, so it can be hard for young women to understand that it's more important to be healthy and happy.

We asked what Em's favourite kinds of workouts were. "Nothing makes me feel more badass than picking up weights heavier than me and seeing progression each week," she said. "I love a good leg session, with deadlifts and hip thrusts being my favourite exercise at the moment (probably because they're my strongest lift!)." You can see her working out regularly on her Instagram, and her workout routines are adaptable for anyone and everyone.

BUSY bootaaaay 🍑 you know when the gym's busier than busy??? AKA MINE TODAY (look at all that fuss in the background 🤦🏻‍♀️) You want minimal movement, minimal equipment. I chose kettle bells and pre-loaded barbells, easy peasy. 15 reps of each. Repeat four times. Go go goooo 🏃🏼‍♀️💨 . 🔥 Curtsey lunges 🔥 Romanian deadlift (keep back straight!) 🔥 No bloody idea but THEY BURNNN (can be done w/out resistance band) 🔥Kettlebell deadlift 🔥Pulse squats (squat, come half way back up and then squat again, repeat) . PS: @gymshark seamless restock SOOOON my babes 😍❤️ so you'll be able to get your paws on this red set 🙌🏼 will keep you updated for exact dates ❤️ . @easygym 🏋🏼‍♀️

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We also asked her if she had any advice for women who are trying to get fit. "My number one advice would be to not be afraid to eat," she said matter-of-factly. "There's a ridiculous myth floating around that eating carbs is bad and when it comes to women's bodies, less is more. This couldn't be further from the truth. If you're training, you body needs fuel (and it needs carbs!) to survive and perform optimally." You don't have to tell us twice!

Most importantly, though, Em says your workouts shouldn't be done solely to get a certain kind of body. "We should work on teaching women that exercising (not just running on a treadmill!) and eating properly shouldn't be just about chasing a certain look, but how it will positively impact their overall well-being and mindset," she told POPSUGAR.

Can someone please get this girl a megaphone so she can shout this message for the whole world to hear?

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