Swapping ‘Thinspiration’ For ‘Fitspiration’

Rapper Professor Green caused outrage recently when his wife, Made in Chelsea star Millie Mackintosh, posted a photo of herself in her underwear on Instagram.

He commented on this with the phrase ‘You’re my thinspiration.’ Millie quickly replied and corrected him by saying that she was his ‘fitspiration’ instead.

Although Pro Green later announced that it was a joke, it was still enough to create a lot of backlash towards the term, which has been closely associated with eating disorders. With the constant pressure of the media on women to stay thin, it’s no surprise that celebrities feel they have to stay in control of their weight, with the photo-sharing app Instagram being dubbed ‘thin-stagram’ in the press.

It can be hard to see where the line between being fit ends and being dangerously thin starts, so here are some tips on how to maintain a healthy, happy body:

  • Eat! Your body needs healthy food for energy to keep it working properly, so don’t skip meals or crash diet, as this can be very harmful.
  • Balance out the food you eat with exercise, but don’t overdo it. Introduce changes into your lifestyle gradually and maintain a comfortable pace. I’m not suggesting you have to splash out on a gym membership either, just try to introduce more walking into your routine as a starting point.
  • Keep a diary. This might seem a little strange but keeping track of how you’re doing can allow you to track your progress and give you motivated to keep going on a down day.