Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Why Words Like 'Muffin top' Annoy the Hell Out of Me

Picture this: you’re scrolling Pinterest looking up new workouts. All of sudden you see it, all of the posts promising to help you “get rid of that muffin-top” or “lose those love-handles!” Ugh. Gag me!

You know what’s even worse? When they have those posts and the picture is of a healthy woman pinching barely-there “fat” which is likely just skin. What. The. Hell. Why do we need to have these posts?

I get it; we want site-specific workouts sometimes. I have some pinned myself. But you know what you’ll never see me pin? Some stupid post about getting rid of love handles. I hate those words.

They aren’t helpful; in fact they only serve to alienate people. And when the picture is some tiny woman desperately trying to find fat on her body to pinch for the photo it’s even worse. She doesn’t need to “lose” anything, except maybe the contract for that photo shoot.

When I see those posts, I immediately scroll past in disgust. I know a lot of other people that do too. The problem with that is sometimes these posts actually have really good advice. Maybe even advice you haven’t seen anywhere else. But I don’t want to read about how to “get rid” of something, be it my love handles or muffin top. Those words are harmful because they aren’t kind words.

So, if you want to share a post about how to lose fat or gain muscle in a certain area, go for it! But please don’t call it something stupid like “muffin-top” or “love handles.” You can get the exact same message across without the stupid names. I've seen plenty of posts about "toning your back/abs/whatever" and they grab my attention much better than any muffin top post ever will.

I'm in no way trying to say these bloggers are wrong, or doing something bad. I just think the language should be changed a little. I don't have sources to say it's proven that those words do more harm than good, but I do know how I feel, and how the people I've talked to feel. Those words may seem harmless to you, but to me it makes me feel like crap. 

How many of these stupid nicknames do we need? I've seen "mom pouch" "muffin top" "love handles" "double chin" (which isn't even possible btw) I also see words like "combat" pop up. That makes it seem a little more hardcore than it needs to be. We're not at war with our bodies, no matter how much we want to change them. And that mindset isn't going to take us to a healthy place. It can lead to eating disorders which is the opposite of the effect they were looking for.

I'm just saying, think about your words. Words can be extremely powerful. And they can (and often do) make or break how effective a post is.

Do these words annoy you, or am I the only one? Let me know in the comments below!

Read about why I don't like the word 'diet' either here.


  1. Worst thing is that there's no way to target a certain area to lose fat from and they always say stuff like how to lose fat on your stomach. It just gets peoples hopes up and sets them up to failure.

    Corinne x

    1. Yes! I mean, you can target certain areas and it might help a little, but it's not guaranteed. The only guarantee is that you will be sore the next day if you do it right, lol.