According to Kim Kardashian and Kendall Jenner, who have long criticized for promoting unrealistic body standards, there is no reason why the average person should not have to can achieve what they have.
“I think we get up, we do the work,” Kardashian explained to Andy Cohen during the… Keeping up with the Kardashians final reunion special. “We train.” Jenner added, “We all really enjoy taking care of ourselves and being healthy, so I think the one thing we’re really trying to represent is just the healthiest version of yourself.”
The Kardashian-Jenner family isn’t alone in perpetuating the perception of what constitutes an ideal body type. Log into social media and you’re sure to see at least one celebrity transformation photo. Whether that’s a star showing off their post-baby “snap back” or a newly toned body to get in shape for a movie, it can seem like celebrities have it all together when it comes to achieving their fitness and diet goals. If model and actress Emily Ratajkowski can go back to her pre-pregnancy body in two weeks, and Sophie Turner can train tight abs shortly after giving birth, is it just discipline that keeps the average person from doing the same?
Of course, it’s actually not that simple – and believing that the only thing stars have above the average person is self-control and willpower is simply not true. According to the experts who spoke to Yahoo Life, comparing yourself to celebrities is always a lost cause when it comes to fitness goals.
Anna Victoria, a personal trainer and the CEO of the Fit Body app, explains that the benefits stars have that the average person doesn’t can range from multiple nannies to private chefs and personal assistants taking care of all their needs.
“Having everything at your disposal gives you more free time to train consistently,” she explains. “In addition, something that makes this false story even more damaging is the fact that it is partly or wholly their job to look a certain way. That’s not the case for the average person, so it’s unfair to hold them to the same standard that celebrities hold themselves to.”
While she notes that motivation is something everyone needs to succeed, it’s a lot easier when other daily tasks are done by other people.
“Even having access to fresh, natural food is a luxury not everyone has,” she notes.
nutritionist Denvyr Tyler-Palmer adds that rapid transformations, often “glorified” in the media, are a particularly unrealistic example.
“If people don’t see quick results, they think something is wrong,” she says. “In reality, change just takes a long time for the average person. Not to mention that many celebrities go to unhealthy extremes to maintain this “ideal image,” distorting what we consider healthy and acceptable. This is why we see [some] celebrities struggle to maintain their figure even with unlimited resources. If it’s common for celebrities to wrestle, there’s no denying that the average person will too.”
And of course there is the problem of not knowing what results were achieved with diet and exercise alone. “Unicorn” genetics and plastic surgery can ensure that no matter how hard you train or train, you can’t get the same look as their favorite celeb.
“Even if one were to exercise and eat as close to the ideal as possible, they still wouldn’t be able to produce the same results as cosmetic surgery,” says Tyler-Palmer. “Our genetics also determine where we store and lose fat. Diet and fitness can only change these things up to a point.”
Personal trainer and the founder of Bloom training Tony Coffey adds: “The fact that certain celebrities fail to reveal cosmetic surgery when they achieve physical change poses a potential problem, especially for the younger generation who see these individuals as idols. It creates unrealistic expectations about what change looks like in reality. Meaningful weight loss, or any change in body composition, requires real time, consistency and an incredible amount of patience – not the illusion a covert operation creates.
While some celebrities may not provide the best fitness inspiration, there are certain influencers who can positively influence a person’s journey, Coffey said. It’s all about honesty.
“It’s incredibly important to follow real people who share the ups AND downs on their fitness journey. People like Kasey Jo Ordivas, Jordan Syatt, Kendall Strauss, and Mike Mathews inspired me to put forward a fully transparent picture, highlighting the highs and lows of my own fitness journey, while emphasizing education to give people confidence and understanding in their own fitness journeys,” he says. “Following people who inspire, educate, are positive and don’t hide” something are the people you want on your feed to help you on your journey.”