A woman's side-by-side photo tells a powerful message about weight loss and self-love

Her photos are inspiring
women to accept their bodies.


  • Body-positivity
    activist Sara Puhto recently shared a side-by-side Instagram
    photo promoting self-love.
  • The photos not only show her physical transformation,
    but her mental and emotional one too.
  • Puhto told INSIDER that she wants her followers to stop
    obsessing over Instagram photos and how their bodies

Sara Puhto has spoken out about
armpit hair and Instagram’s reality
with side-by-side photos
in the past. Now, in her most recent transformation
, she discussed body acceptance and ditching obsessive

In the first photo, Puhto is wearing a crop top and jeans that
are loose around her waist. She captioned the picture, “thinks
weight determines her happiness.” The other photo features Puhto
wearing the same outfit fitting her more snugly. She captioned
it, “knows she’s worthy and is happy.” 

I used to be obsessed with losing weight and getting abs,”
she wrote in the caption of the post. “I thought once I hit a
certain goal weight and [sic] got abs I’ll be happy and worthy.
That somehow, magically, all my insecurities and self-doubt will
go away. But it doesn’t work like that.” 

Puhto wrote that she would obsess over calories and work out
all for a flat tummy — all while neglecting her mental health. She told
INSIDER in an e-mail that she posted the photo to remind her
followers that Instagram photos don’t always show the reality of
one’s health and body.

I hope that people can realize
that there is nothing wrong with their bodies and that they don’t
need to change themselves to fit a certain type of body that
society deems ‘beautiful,'” she said. “Because we all come in
different shapes and sizes.” 

The post has received more than
15,000 likes and comments from people who love and relate to
Puhto’s story. 

Really nice and true
words,” one person wrote. “Thank you for inspiring me to learn to
love myself,” someone else commented. ” I really appreciate
you speaking out about your journey. It helps more than you
know,” another person wrote. 

Body-positivity and acceptance is a common theme on Puhto’s
Instagram page. She regularly shares her thoughts with
side-by-side photos.

I personally think [side-by-side
photos] show a good comparison of what we see everyday on
Instagram versus what we see everyday in ourselves, in reality,”
she said. “Which is something I felt I could relate to and that
others could relate to — to help them realize that they are as
worthy as anyone.” 

Puhto’s own journey to self-acceptance took time. She said that
every time she would hit her “goal weight” or “goal calories,”
she felt unfulfilled. She combated that by steering clear of
obsessive thoughts. 

I started thinking that I need
to accept my body the way it is now and that I don’t need to
change myself to be happy,” she said. That’s a body-positive
message we can get behind. 

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