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I’m much happier in my heavier body – being small wasn’t good for me

Emma Apell, AKA Live Well with Apell to her over 70,000 Instagram followers, is known for sharing fitness advice online. In a recent post, she opened up about how gaining weight changed her life

Emma Apell, AKA Live Well with Apell, opened up about her weight gain
Emma Apell, AKA Live Well with Apell, opened up about her weight gain (Image: livewellwithapell/Instagram)

Being small isn’t the secret to happiness – and one woman is showing why.

Emma Apell, AKA Live Well with Apell to her over 70,000 Instagram followers, is known for sharing fitness advice online. In a recent post, she opened up about how gaining weight changed her life, as she’s now much more confident in her own skin.

Back in 2020 she was a lot smaller, but she said she’s a lot healthier now. She claimed feeling good about yourself isn’t linked to how your body looks, as striving for a six pack brought her very little joy.

Even though Emma is bigger now she still looks amazing. She works out regularly, and shows other women how to get fit, but she doesn’t believe in imposing too many restrictions.

The influencer believes in a balanced lifestyle, and encourages people to focus on their wellbeing as opposed to their image. She’s entering the new year with a positive mindset, and hopes other people do the same.

She said people need to look after themselves and keep active, while investing some time in enjoying life too.

Emma Apell, AKA Live Well with Apell, opened up about her weight gain
Back in 2020, Emma was a lot thinner (Image: Instagram/livewellwithapell)

Writing on Instagram, Emma said: “I am healthier in my heavier body because now I am living active and nourishing my body. I am living active and also enjoy a cookie or two when I want one. I am living active but I do have a good balance.

“When I was my lightest and had the six pack I did also live active BUT I over-trained and did eat too little for my activity levels, which I realised afterwards. And for us women to be able to have a six pack or super visible abs we need a lower body fat percentage, which actually isn’t healthy for the majority of us.

“The reason why I’m saying this is because 2024 is coming closer and I know a lot of you will set new years goals. My point – please do not set goals to have abs or a six pack. That is not the key to be healthier nor happier.

“Instead, set goals to feel your best! Set goals to live active, to nourish your body but also to enjoy a piece of cake when you’re craving one. Set goals that is focusing on you feeling stronger from the inside and out.

“And then, let your body look the way it looks while working toward that. Okay? And after you have created a good routine, THEN you can set some further or more specific goals.”

Emma Apell, AKA Live Well with Apell, opened up about her weight gain
She now feels much more confident in her own skin (Image: Instagram/livewellwithapell)


She added: “Being in to fitness is not about getting the ‘perfect body’ – being in to fitness is about you working on you, you getting stronger, you challenging yourself, you feeling happier and you taking care of yourself. Cheers to a 2024 where we put our happiness and health first – cheers to a 2024 where we work toward our goals without sacrificing our health. Gone are those days besties.”

Several people liked the post since she shared it, and her followers were quick to comment too. People said they “love” her content and admire how positive it is too.

One person said: “Always love how positive and uplifting your posts are.” Another wrote: “You’re amazing and strong! Happiness is everything.”

A third replied: “Thank you for inspiring me and many more gals. Started going to the gym first time in my life this year and I’ve grown so much physically as well as mentally.”

Meanwhile, a fourth commented: “Happiness is key.”

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