If losing weight is up there on your to-do list this year, well, you should probably optimize your full-length mirrors and selfie sticks because full-body selfies have been proven to aid in weight loss, Shape reports.
The University of Alicante in Colombia did a study with 271 participants whom they put on a weight loss program to see just what actually motivates people to achieve their dream bods. So, each week, they took full-body photos of the participants, measured their bods, and calculated their BMI’s. They found that the full-body photos and the ratio from hips to waist played the biggest role in keeping participants on their diet because they actually had some tangible evidence of their bodies changing. Valid.
So, now Shape says “Your Gym Selfie Might Actually Be Helping You Lose Weight.” They’re endorsing and encouraging those annoying gym selfies that litter your life from Khloe Kardashian and your Crossfit-worshipping Facebook friend because it’s Shape and GOALS. So, time to delete your Instagram account or whatever you scroll through at night.
Look, obviously anything that makes a woman feel good is fine by us. If you want to try this new gym selfie weight loss method, by all means, be our guest. We’ll stand behind you to photobomb the pic because that’s just who we are as humans.
We’d just like to remind everyone that just because you took the selfie doesn’t mean the world has to see it. “Pics or it didn’t happen” isn’t really a popular phrase anymore, and thank goodness for that.