Lucy Mecklenburgh has won praise from fans and followers after sharing a photo of her bloated stomach and sharing her fears and concerns over being attacked for being simply human.
The 27-year-old former The Only Way Is Essex star has effectively left her reality star roots behind after reinventing herself as a health and fitness guru and booming better known for flaunting her incredibly toned figure on social media.
However, Lucy was left stunned and amazed when she made an unexpected connection with fans after letting her guard down and sharing a video of herself showcasing a bloated stomach.
After receiving an avalanche of support and positive feedback, Lucy decided to see if lightning can indeed strike twice by sharing a photo of her bloated stomach alongside a lengthy explanation about her own image hangups.
“This is a slightly different post to my usual but I’m annoyed it’s taken me so long!” she began.
“[Two] days ago I posted a video on my story of my tummy bloated. I had 100’s of DM’s in minutes which really shocked me! This is something many of us clearly have to deal with,” she wrote.
"I haven’t been more open & honest about it in the past but the main reason maybe is that it felt embarrassing!" she wrote.
Lucy went on to suggest she had hidden her bloating in the past out of fear how people would judge her due to her status as a fitness influencer.
“I train 3-4 times a week I eat a healthy balanced diet & I get this most nights for probably 10 years! But I’ve never shared it with anyone maybe because i thought it looks bad as I have a health and fitness business and it didn’t make me a good advert for my business but actually I really wish I had as it doesn’t make me unfit or unhealthy it MAKES ME HUMAN!” she exclaimed.
Lucy – who dates former Corrie star Ryan Thomas – advised fellow sufferers to be aware of what sparks their bloating.
“I know certain foods that trigger it and I’m more prone to it on holiday as I’m more relaxed with what I’m eating but this means I pack alot of kaftans and floaty dresses on in my suitcase!! I know pasta, bread, dairy products, greasy fast food, alcohol, onions and raw veg causes me to become bloated (I worked this out myself through years or keeping food diaries & logging when I was bloated) but honestly somethings IM LIKE WTF AM I ALLERGIC TO F****** WATER,” she went on.
“It happens randomly and I’m sooooo uncomfortable and makes me want to veg out on the sofa in One of Ryan’s trackies and do nothing,” she went on again.
“So I’m making a promise now to all of my followers that I will be more open and honest and not always show the ‘good’ ‘happy’ ‘perfect’ parts of me & my life,” she promised.
Fans were impressed by Lucy’s new outlook – with one commenting: ‘Thanks for being so honest and sharing.”
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