Sara Puhto
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November 22, 2016 09:57 AM

One fitness Instagrammer is reminding everyone that those before-and-after photos aren’t always what they seem.

Sara Puhto shared the true story behind how her butt gets that Kardashian-esque “booty pop” in her photos in a post that resonated with her followers.

“I thought I’d show my booty from its normal straight leg standing position vs a posed booty pop position, cause in a world where the Kardashian’s bootys are so glorified, we need to remember that the photos we see of them and others aren’t always reality. Their butts can’t ALWAYS look that big from every angle,” the 20-year-old Puhto writes.

Like fitness star Emily Skye before her, The South Africa-based vlogger wants to show that the fitspo transformation photos on Instagram aren’t as perfect as they seem.

“We see [Instagram photos] as goals and think we’ll never be able to gain that much muscle or lose that much fat. Don’t think you can’t because you’re comparing a posed photo of a body to your everyday body,” Puhto says. “Use them as motivation but don’t get too caught up on them.”

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Puhto started working out and following a vegan diet in July 2015, and got down to her lowest weight of 52 kg., or 115 lbs. But the experience made her realize that the number on the scale didn’t matter as much as feeling healthy, and found her happy weight of 57 kg., or 126 lbs.

“I finally feel like I have a good balance with working out and eating and as a result love the way my body looks because I feel so happy,” she says. “Don’t strive for a certain goal weight or perfection, it’ll make you do silly things. Just go by how your body feels and you’ll find an amazing balance that’ll make you happy.”

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