Ok. I keep seeing this meme floating all around facebook and pinterest, and I just had to write a blog about it, because it kind of pisses me off, actually. Now, I know the people who are posting it aren't doing it to be jerks or anything (at least I don't think most of them are) but seriously, this is not always true.
I realize that not all slender women are toned and therefore may not look as good naked, however, if you've been very overweight your whole life and lose a lot of weight (like I have) you are most likely going to have loose skin, so no matter how fit you are, you may not look fit--especially naked. I sag everywhere, and my body looks absolutely terrible. In clothes I feel more confident than I used to, but because of how my body puts on weight (in the middle) I have a lot of hanging skin on my belly, that no matter what I do will hang over my pants.
My stomach will NEVER look like that girl's in the photo. Even with surgery I am sure it will never be as taut and smooth, and I'll have scars. It sucks, but it is what it is, and I can't do anything about it now.
With all this said, I AM fit, and more importantly, healthy. Even though I don't look good naked, I am a fit person. I guarantee you I am more fit than the average woman out there, especially women my size. I am very strong. I can run for miles (I ran a half marathon which is 13.1 miles without stopping once). I can do full on push ups and then one armed side planks. I can push over 200 pounds on the leg press at the gym. There isn't a whole lot I can't do physically, and some things I am still working toward (like pull ups..maybe one day).
So, I am not skinny, and I don't look good naked, but I'm definitely fit and in good shape.
Another thing that bothers me is calling people "skinny girls" or "fat girls" or whatever else. I can't stand when overweight people automatically hate on women because they are thin and call them "skinny bs." I also can't stand when people label all overweight people as lazy or slobs. It bugs the crap out of me. There are women who tend to be thin more naturally and can eat what they want and don't gain weight. And, there are women who work out a lot, eat a healthy diet, but carry some extra weight and are thicker.
It's irritating to me when I see photos like this, so I felt compelled to give my opinion. The truth is that many people who lose weight aren't going to have a body that looks like this chick's. Maybe if they're already pretty thin or don't have much weight to lose they will, but most people who are morbidly obese aren't going to be baring their belly in a photo like that. Every time I see people pinning these workouts on Pinterest that say 3 weeks to toned arms or a flat belly it makes me crazy. If that were all it took, I'd look like the hottest supermodel ever. I have tons of muscle, but in places like my belly, it's not obvious due to piles of loose skin. My arms are toned, but I have skin that hangs down.
Also, I get tired of people telling me that the skin will tighten up. I am sure it will in time, but there is a reason people like me who have lost well over 100 pounds get surgery.
Rant over. :)