It has been a year since the first lockdown, and with restrictions eased, almost everyone is getting prepared for what some are now referring to as ‘hot girl summer’.

Calorie deficits have taken social media platform TikTok by storm, with many posting what they eat in a day when trying to lose weight.

However, the trend has quickly become controversial with some taking it too far. Calorie counting can be an effective way of dieting, so long as it is done safely.

Harry lovell, personal trainer

Eating in a calorie deficit means to consume fewer calories than your body requires to stay at its current weight.

As gyms are shut, many have taken to this method of weight loss as it can be effective without exercising.

Harry Lovell, personal trainer based in Essex has been using TikTok to share his tips and tricks. He said ‘It’s not easy but can be made easier’.



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For those who still feel hungry when they come to the end of their day, ‘you are going to want to exercise more if you don’t want less on your plate’.

Abbie Shellito, university student

However, this method is not suitable for everyone, as calorie counting can become addictive.

University student Abbie Shellito is just one of the many that jumped on this trend. She said that ‘at first it was all good’ but ‘even though my image had completely changed, I still wasn’t satisfied’.

She developed her eating disorder after always feeling compared to her other friends, and believing herself to be the ‘bigger girl in the group’.

Many young people just like Abbie, feel this pressure to look a certain way and sometimes this rush to be bikini body ready isn’t advisable.

With summer 2021 fast approaching many believe it is important to promote body positivity and to be kinder to ourselves.

And as Lockdown has affected our bodies in different ways, we shouldn’t let it get us down.

Nerissa Shaw who works for the Somerset and Wessex Eating Disorders Association (SWEDA), said it’s not just those wanting to lose weight that are obsessing over calorie counting.

She said it is also those bulking that are causing themselves “real anxiety and distress”. This means purposely eating more calories than your body needs for muscle-gaining purposes.

Eating disorders don’t necessarily show themselves, therefore it is important to be considerate of everyone and help others get the help they need.

If you are in need of help regarding eating disorders, please contact ‘Beat Eating Disorders’ via their helplines which are open from 9am-8pm.

Helpline: 0808 801 0677

Studentline: 0808 801 0811

Youthline: 0808 801 0711