Instagramming your food is making you eat more, say influencers

Instagramming your food is making you eat more, say influencers
(Picture: @MeowMeix/Instagram)

If you ate a bowl of porridge without uploading it to the ‘gram, did you even have breakfast?

Instagramming our meals is becoming part of everyday life.

And that can be a great source of inspiration – particularly if you’re a minority group like celiac or vegan.

But health influencers claim that this obsession with #foodporn does, however, have its drawbacks (aside from general FOMO).

They claim that in a bid to make dishes look as beautiful and aspirational as possible, we’re adding unnecessary calories to our meals.

That humdrum bowl of oats and honey might be enough in real life, but to make it Insta-worthy, you might start adding hunks of dark chocolate, frozen fruit, granola…cake.

And those finishing touches, although beautiful, aren’t strictly necessary every day.

Meal plan master and health influencer Amanda Meixner has been hammering home the message with the following post:

‘When you try to make your food extra pretty and overkill for the gram but really it’s way out of portion,’ reads her caption.

And from the comments on her post, it’s clear that loads of people believe that what they see on Instagram is the standard ‘healthy’ portion.

‘Omgosh, I couldn’t eat it all so many times. I thought the IG portion was the standard and now I know different. Thank you!’ reads one comment.

Another says: ‘PREACH. Instagram bait pics are supersizing our portions and nobody’s talking about it!’

‘I legitimately have wondered if people really are eating those whole portions! Glad to see some light shed on this.’

We have it on good authority that many of these fitness bloggers who post epic bowls of grub barely touch them after they’ve taken photos.

A previous bikini competitor told that they were sick of seeing other models posing with supersized bowls of ice cream when they knew they never eat them.

‘I know one guy who does fitness modelling who’ll post pictures of pints saying stuff like “TGIF” when he’s teetotal – he never, ever touches alcohol,’ they said.

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‘It’s the same with girls posing with bowls of ice cream. It’s so dishonest.’

You might think some size 8 model is tucking into an 800-calorie bowl of proats (protein oats, keep up!) every morning when in reality, they may have a taste or merely be creating dishes specifically for their channel.

Do not be fooled.

Obviously, it’s all about balance. If you want to eat a delicious stack of pancakes a few times a week topped with all the trimmings, go ahead. But it’s probably not a good idea to do so every day (and besides, who has the time?!).

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