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Hey Guys!

Pleaassseee tell me you follow Lizzo on TikTok.

She has been straight up KILLING IT! She’s always radiated body positivity, self-love and confidence, but wow. Her recent posts have taken that vibe to a whole new level.

Lately, she’s been posting clips of her workouts and some amazing, healthy recipes that literally ANYONE can make. Her posts are always light, fun and inspiring.

And can we talk about her garden?! GOALS.

@lizzo🤖 Quarantine has turned me into Betty motherfuckin crocker so welcome to my cooking show♬ Hot – The Last Artful, Dodgr

But the best part is her attitude about a healthy lifestyle. She’s VERY clear that she’s doing this for herself and no one else. She repeatedly says that when she works out, she does what feels good. And when she cooks, she adds ingredients that sound good. No stress.

It honestly feels like something your bestie would text you like, “hey… not sure what to call this but it’s GOOD.”

But last week… Lizzo DID IT. She got on TikTok and served up more than another healthy dish. She served up the TRUTH.

Check this out:

@lizzoif you’re not a fat shamer… keep scrolling… ok now that all the fat shamers are here 🧚🏾‍♀️✨♬ Buttercup – Jack Stauber

YESSSSSSSSSS. So much yes. 

This post alone has 14.5 MILLION views as of now. I hope all of those views got the message.

Because she is SO RIGHT. Working out isn’t always about changing the way you look. And sometimes, it DOESN’T change the way you look in a drastic way. So we need to STOP assuming that no weight loss means the person isn’t working hard enough or doing the right things.

To put it simply – weight loss is not the only measure of progress.

Read that again.

YES. Believe it or not, weight doesn’t always reflect fitness. And sometimes people workout for other reasons…like mental health.

Speaking of bullying about weight, she also shared this, which literally made my jaw drop.

@lizzoOh u mean the next million dollar dealin, cover of Vogue havin, 3x Grammy award winning, icon, actress, activist, w a perfect ass?♬ original sound – uploads_of_fun

Make sure you don’t miss the caption on that one, because it’s a slam dunk.

Also…Who is out there body shaming KIDS anyways? LIKE WHAT?! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! Not okay. EVER.

If you were wondering how to respond to body shaming… that was it. If you’re wondering if you SHOULD respond to body shaming. The answer is YES. This is something we can’t be quiet about. It’s bullying and nobody should tolerate or encourage it.

I’m so happy Lizzo and others are using their platforms to shut it down. And remember, you don’t need to have a platform to step up and set a good example for others.

So what’s the moral of the story?

Enjoy the Journey

This whole fitness/healthy lifestyle thing… it doesn’t have to be so serious! Lizzo has that figured out.

She works out because it feels good. She cooks and eats food that she enjoys, and knows what foods make her feel best. You won’t catch her trying to force her body to look like someone else’s. She is doing what SHE wants.

Say NO to Body Shaming

Whether we’re on the receiving end or the ones unintentionally doling it out, remember that we never know a person’s full story. Everyone’s journey is allowed to be and should be, different from our own.

Let’s continue to support and uplift each other no matter what! Okay?!

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  • Nanna says:

    There unfortunately isn’t a miracle cure or workout to lose fat in a specific place (she talks about this in many of her videos), the only way is to reduce your overall bodyfat – when the body experiences hormonal changes, it tends to generally change other things, such as how your fat is distrubuted (like when you become a teenager and some get most in their breasts and others in their booty and thighs). So the best way to reduce belly fat would be to have a daily calorie deficit which means eating clean and burning calories. For this I would suggest cardio workouts, which tend to burn more calories and there are lots to pick from depending on your needs! It can be things such as running, swimming, dancing, team sports or whatever you like where you get your heart rate up :)
    I hope it helps even though I’m not Cassey!

  • Sharon says:

    Yasssss I love Lizzo so much 👌 I do my best to educate people when they make hurtful comments about people of any size, intentional or not. I think people forget that we can comment on others people’s character and performance (in all capacities!) too, rather than fixating on looks all the time. I’ve always said that unless someone is paying you to look a certain way, you don’t *have* to look *any* way as long as you feel good 🙏

  • Michylle Padilla, DC says:

    Love you both!

  • Vee says:

    I’m so glad that people like you and Lizzo have these messages. Its so important…

  • Allie says:

    I just wanted to say I really enjoy your blog content and this really helped me today. I like a lot of my friends have gained a few lbs in quarantine despite working out and keeping a relatively healthy diet. Thanks for the reminder that health is more than what size you wear!

  • Natacha says:

    Hi all, I’ve been following Casey/Blogilates for a year now, I never comment but today I felt that I needed to share my thoughts. First of all, please excuse my English as it’s not my primary language so :)…Most of my teenage/adult life, I’ve been dealing with body issues but I never really understood why there are so many people that feel the need to comment/criticize someone else’s body, what good does it bring to their own lives? An eating disorder is never a good thing it doesn’t matter on which side of the spectrum you are, it’s damaging and life-endangering so it should be never be encouraged however body-shaming is not the WAY to resolve it. And the truth is that I don’t see/read people questioning why model A and B have a certain lifestyle to maintain their thin figure but then feel that they have the moral to go on and criticize someone who is bigger.
    I believe most people are very conscious of their own bodies, some are confident and feel great and others aren’t (thin and oversize!), some feel comfortable wearing a bikini and others don’t. My experience, most people I know who are bigger than myself are so much confident with their own body and image then I’ll ever be, they enjoy life to the fullest because whenever e.g. they feel like eating an ice cream they do they don’t overthink about calories, fat and whatever, they just enjoy it.
    So I feel that people should stop and think before making comments on somebody else’s body it can cause more damage than good and besides free will should always be considered. Everyone is free to embrace whatever lifestyle, body…they feel comfortable with. Society should be more supportive rather than destructive.
    Where I live, we have an NHS, and I’m very well aware of the amount of money spent yearly to treat obesity, diabetes, and how slowly we are trying to change people’s habits starting with school bars, any bar/vendor machines in a public institution and what type of foods can be sold however there are no restrictions/higher taxes applied to fast-food when it should, prohibiting will not resolve the problem, making it less appealing by making it more expensive than healthier choices it might be a better approach.

    But we cannot forget that obesity is not the only eating disorder although it’s the one less accepted and most criticized by people.

    Stay safe
    thank you

  • Chelsey says:

    I love Lizzo. I love her music. I’m just so tired of how women’s bodies are dissected and examined and how everyone feels free to comment. We women are so much more than our WEIGHT, our dress size, so much more than all that. When can we start focusing on WHO we are and WHAT we have accomplished? How many “great” men and women in history worried about the size of their ass? It’s really, truly exhausting.

  • Claire says:

    As Elina said, it’s not the only way, jenn. Cassey has been on a FITNESS (not weight loss) journey for years and makes it very clear in all of her videos that we should be working out to feel better! This whole blog post is meant to highlight the fact that living a healthy lifestyle means different things for different people, whether it’s to increase endurance, build muscle, etc and, as Lizzo stated, other people’s journeys are none of your business :) Thank you Cassey for all of your videos! I’m in college now and have been following you since freshman year of high school. You are the sweetest, most genuine fitness youtuber out there and I have looked up to you for years. Keep up the great work!!

  • Jenn says:

    “weight loss is not the only measure of progress”… says the person who had to track her weight and body measurements weekly and had a 20-pound weight loss goal in her “90 day journey”

    Sounds hypocritical to me.

    • Just another Popster says:

      I don’t usually check out the comment section, but after reading this, I can’t just leave it as it. With all due respect, Cassey made her own fitness journey because it was something that SHE felt like doing. It was her own personal goals, her own personal fitness, and her OWN body! I don’t think her losing 20 pounds or so is affecting your body, is it? Besides, by showing us how she kept track throughout her journey wasn’t to try to force any of that on us, it was to share her personal progress. Her fitness journey was something personal and yet she shared it with us because she wanted to show us what her goals were and how she came about acheiving them. And even if not everything was achieved, her main goal wasn’t losing weight, even if that happened along the way. Her goal was to become a better version of herself, and as long as she’s happy, that’s what’s important.

    • Elina says:

      The sentence states: “is not the only”, meaning weight loss IS ONE of the ‘measure of progress’, but ‘not the only one’. She’s not being hypocritical, but you need to stop being judgmental.

    • Lilian says:

      This post also talks about mental health and Cassey has said a lot of times that she didn’t feel good about herself. So she did what she knew would make her feel good and confident. Whether that includes loosing weight or not is not the point.

  • Becky says:

    Right on!!!!!! Thank you for your pearls of wisdom, Cassey! I’ve only been following you since march (quarantine home workouts, baby! Hahaha) but what a discovery!!! xxxx keep inspiring xxx

  • Tajikistan says:

    yes its true and mental health/attitude i mean the way u think has direct connection with ur body fitness is supposed to be a lifestyle meaning done without even noticing and enjoying the journey but its the media and everything that we give value has changed our lifestyle with focus on luxury instead of community and just simple living

  • Julz says:

    I agree with you that obesity is an important health issue. However, I think your emphasis on BMI as a measure of health is misguided. BMI is a standardised ratio between your height and weight. While it may be used by doctors as an indicator for being at risk for some conditions, it does not give information about a person’s physical strength, blood cholesterol and glucose levels, mental health status, and lifestyle habits. So I think it’s important to note that BMI should not be used in isolation as a predictor for ‘fitness’ or ‘health’.

    • Ellie says:

      You’re right, I shouldn’t have emphasized BMI. I know I didn’t phrase it correctly, but BMI was actually an example of the many ways you can numerically tell a person is obese. And while physical appearances can lie, numbers don’t.

      • Julz says:

        I think that saying “numbers don’t lie” disregards the context from which those numbers come from. It is context that gives numbers meaning. The Centre for Disease Controls (https://www.cdc.gov/obesity/adult/defining.html) specifically notes that BMI is not a diagnostic tool of body fat nor for health. Further to the importance of context, this article from PubMed (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17435352/) describes that BMI is not a reliable measure of body composition. The BMI cut-offs for ‘obese’ is not standardised and actually varies between ethnic groups.

        All this information aside, I agree with you that unhealthy habits should not be encouraged and that medical concerns should be addressed appropriately with a health professional. However, I think that the core of Lizzo’s and Cassey’s message is to not use a person’s body composition to measure a person’s value and to make judgements on a person’s health status. Even if the ‘numbers’ or the ‘shape’ indicates something about a person’s body, I think it’s inconsiderate to make value judgements based on that. Lizzo’s and Cassey’s messages of love encourage healthy eating and regular exercise – which really are the core to overall well-being. I agree with them that using body composition to shame and guilt others is toxic, unhealthy, inconsiderate and does not promote good health or well-being. I think it is that sort of toxic and unhealthy behaviour that should be actively discouraged.

  • Luna says:

    love this so much Cassey :)

  • Ellie says:

    If you’re unhealthy you’re unhealthy. If you have a cavity, will people go around telling you it’s okay and it’s beautiful? No! Why should it be different for your body? If you’re obese (BMI over 35) it is NOT. HEALTHY. And it should stop being encouraged! Just because you’re insecure about being fat doesn’t mean the world has to flip around to “love” and “accept” this body type. It means you should get your body down to a healthy weight and stop forcing the media into “loving all body types”.

    • Samantha says:

      because a human being isn’t a [email protected]**&@@^ cavity. and how come you aren’t screaming about how unhealthy skinny people are? for all i know they could be underweight and starving themselves. lizzo is actually making an effort and you’re STILL mad. you’re basically yelling at mirror at this point.

      PS. LIZZO IS BEAUTIFUL. SHE IS NOT A CAVITY.

    • Samantha says:

      Also, read the comments of people this positive message is SAVING while your message is actually killing.

      • Ellie says:

        I’m not screaming about skinny people being unhealthy because this isn’t the case here. But I used to be underweight, and instead of sassing those who criticized me I actually went ahead and made a change in my body. But we’re talking about Lizzo here, who is overweight, and by the way she isn’t making an effort at all. It is SO much easier to attack people for body-shaming than to come to terms with the fact that your body is unhealthy and “schooling” the critics is pointless.
        Who is this message saving? Overweight people who are uncomfortable with their body? It isn’t right to teach the next generation to “love” and “accept” their body if it’s unhealthy. Over or underweight, it doesn’t matter, it SHOULDN’T BE ENCOURAGED.

    • Madison says:

      BMI has been proven to be inaccurate and outdated. Also, a high weight in and of itself IS NOT AN ILLNESS. It’s just not. There are illnesses that have been LINKED to high weight, but high weight is not an illness. Also just because someone has a high weight, does not mean they are unhealthy. Just because someone has a lower weight does not automatically put them in the “healthy” category. Also when saying things like this, you have to look at the larger picture. Lots of different illnesses have been linked to high weight, but a lot of the SAME ILLNESSES have also been linked to stress. Now imagine being in a larger body and then everyone around you is saying that you’re too fat, that you’re not eating right, that you need to go exercise, that you need to control yourself, that your clothes doesn’t look good on you, etc. That is stressful and not encouraging at all. It’s also not helpful for people like you to go around so-called “encouraging” people to lose weight, especially if it’s not the most important thing for that person at the time.

      Now about being insecure. A larger bodied person normally wouldn’t even think about their body size if it weren’t for society constantly telling them to be thinner. A person who was in a smaller body wouldn’t automatically think of herself as superior to those who are larger. Literally everyone would just do whatever they wanted without thinking about what their bodies look like! So while no one “has to” accept larger bodies, it would be beneficial for literally EVERYONE to do it. Because then people wouldn’t be so focused on their damn body and what society says it can and can’t do and they would do what FEELS GOOD. and at the end of the day that is what matters.

  • Emily says:

    Yesssssss I love this! 😃 Xx

  • Kallie Rice says:

    I agree that you should do what’s best for you. However, I think now of days there are so people online that having a platform has a responsibility of confidence is just as important as the influence it has on your mental health journey.

  • Julia says:

    I love this so much. Needed to hear that today! Thank you for sharing!

  • Jeannamarie5 says:

    Thank you for this and your videos about confidence and insecurities! I’ve suffered from Major Depression due to body shaming and attempted suicide a few times. You’ve helped me to start overcoming obstacles I’ve dealt with all my life. Thank you!

  • Mia G says:

    So I’m not on Tiktok but I did see Lizzo’s video re: fat shaming and I LOVED IT. Lizzo is a queen! And that second video’s caption is perfection. If we feel good, I think that’s what’s important!

  • Love the message. :)

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