Watch her clever waistband move.

Blake Bakkila
April 25, 2018

Everyone gets bloated—even fitness influencers who post inviable selfies showing off their flat, fat-free stomachs.

Now, 23-year-old Erin Mitchell is sharing the trick she and other influencers use to achieve that toned-tummy look when their midsections are anything but. On Monday, she posted a before-and-after photo on Instagram, wearing the same sports bra and leggings in each. 

“So, I have a secret ......... did you know that if you hike your waistband up, you can create the illusion of a flatter tummy?” she captioned the photo.

So, I have a secret ......... did you know that if you hike your waistband up, you can create the illusion of a flatter tummy? 🤰🏼😂 (but in all seriousness, high waisted pants really do work miracles.) . . Everyone’s body is different and everyone stores fat differently. Like a lot of women, I tend to store extra fat in my belly. Just like anyone else, I also bloat. A lot. One mini club sub Mike’s Way on a wheat roll and BAM lookin 5 months pregnant 🤰🏼 and, just like anyone, I get really self-conscious about my excess belly fat 🙈 But I’ve learned 3 really important things about my tummy throughout my fitness journey: . 1. You can’t spot reduce fat. I used to do endless crunches and eat terribly and expect to wake up with a six pack. I wish it worked like that; you actually have to follow a healthy diet and burn fat through physical activity, be it cardio, HIIT, strength training, or whatever it is you like to do. . 2. you don’t NEED to have a perfectly flat, super-defined tummy to be fit or to be happy. You also don’t need to let insecurity hold you back. Lately I’ve been noticing that when I’m super bloated I feel super self-conscious and I let that ruin the productivity of my gym sessions. That’s rLY SILLY isn’t it?! 😛 . 3. The people you see on social media showing off their amazing abs bloat too. I know this seems stupidly obvious, especially with all of the posts we see on social media showing off bloated vs non-bloated stomachs, but honestly, I’m grateful that this message continues to get passed around, because when I was just starting out on my fitness journey I literally thought that if you did lots of abs exercises you would have a six-pack 24/7 😂 dont you dare compare yourself 😾 . . lighting, high-waisted leggings, the time of day, angles, genetics, body fat %, what you ate and when you ate it all affect the visibility of abs. Never ever ever confuse belly bloat for a lack of progress, and never ever ever let it hold you back! 🙅🏼‍♀️ and don’t get discouraged if you have an extremely difficult time banishing belly fat; it can be the mostttttt stubborn and, for me, it’s alwayssssss the very last thing to go whenever I’m trying to lean out

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“The people you see on social media showing off their amazing abs bloat too,” she wrote. “Lighting, high-waisted leggings, the time of day, angles, genetics, body fat %, what you ate and when you ate it all affect the visibility of abs. Never ever ever confuse belly bloat for a lack of progress, and never ever ever let it hold you back!”

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Mitchell goes on to explain that she knows all about bloating. She naturally tends to bloat, and her body stores fat in her stomach area, which can make her self-conscious and affect her gym performance.

Though she reveals this trick she and other influencers use, she also makes an important point: "You don't NEED to have a perfectly flat, super-defined tummy to be fit or happy."