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Fitness blogger proves how much women's bodies change over the course of the day

The Independent logo The Independent 5/11/2017 Olivia Petter

a woman wearing a swimsuit: image © Provided by Independent Print Limited image Ever gone to sleep feeling heavier than you did when you woke up?

Don’t worry, you haven't magically piled on the pounds in 12 hours.

As one fitness blogger recently demonstrated, you’re actually just like any other woman, whose weight naturally fluctuates throughout the course of the day.

Lauren Tickner, who goes by @laurenfitness on Instagram, recently uploaded a side-by-side image which demonstrates the effect in action.

a woman standing in front of a mirror posing for the camera © Provided by Independent Print Limited Though the pictures were taken just hours apart, the images show how much her stomach size differed in the morning and in the evening.

“Having a fuller stomach due to eating & going about your day is not something you should be concerned about! It happens to all of us!” she wrote in the caption.

According to Tickner, her bloated stomach was due to a long haul flight. She insisted it was merely temporary and that she would remedy it by simply returning to her normal routine.

Though Tickner explained that this was a normal fluctuation that many women experience, she advised her followers to seek medical help if their bloating ever becomes painful.

Morning vs evening 😱 Only hours apart. Having a fuller stomach due to eating & going about your day is not something you should be concerned about! It happens to all of us! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ‼️Unless‼️of course you suffer from an illness. But 👆🏼here👆🏼I had been on a long haul flight which always makes you retain water, swell up, etc... and I had just eaten a big meal! So the way my body looks on the right is just a temporary thing which will go away through getting back into my normal: aka eating well, drinking lots of water, and doing exercise 🙌🏼 #StrengthFeedGuide ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Personally, I do suffer from chronic IBD (inflammatory bowel disorder, it’s different to IBS), which is still being investigated into. The reactions that occur due to this are different to being ‘bloated’ from eating a lil’ too much, or from water retention from a long-haul flight (or something), like the pic on the 👉🏼right. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So, moral of the story: if your tum gets a lil more swelled up in the evening, don’t worry! But do see a doctor ASAP if it’s constantly painful and you think it may be of further concern. #StrengthFeed ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Mental health & physical health are of equal importance. Please remember that. 🙌🏼 (Sidenote: I am just showing the change of MY body throughout the day, I am in NO way saying that either body shape is better than the other 💪🏼, and yes. I am aware that the lighting is v different too which can also make a difference but this post is focused on bloating and water retention)

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