Pinterest Lies

Warning: Rant starting in 3…2…1… 

I love Pinterest. Even though it’s a huge time suck, and I don’t really have much time to spare, I love mindlessly clicking through photos and finding new things to “ooh and ahh” at. Sometimes I look at the Fitness pages, sometimes the food pages, heck, sometimes I just click around randomly until I find pretty things.

love the back of this dress

Ooh! Sparkles!!

One thing that bothers me about Pinterest though, is in between all of the awesomeness, there is  a whole bunch of crap that’s on there (especially in the Health and Fitness category). It’s basically a dumping ground for all of the horrible diets, fads, fitspo, and workouts that the fitness/nutrition industries have to offer. All in one, efficient, fitspirational package.

I wish I could put out a PSA about what not to believe on Pinterest, because I feel like some people use it as their bible. “Ooh, eat these 30 foods and I’ll lose 10 pounds in a week? It MUST be true, the internet says so!”

What better to do with a bunch of lies than to call them out and expose them in one place? Here are some of the true gems that I’ve found lately. Be warned though, some of these may cause involuntary shuddering, gagging, or violent outbursts.

27 thoughts on “Pinterest Lies

  1. OMG YES!!!!! Finally someone posts about this! I’m always so annoyed by some of those “fitspo” things too– I mean heck, some of them aren’t even healthy at all! Crazy I tell ya.
    I think I’d rather just gawk over cute outfits and all the delicious food porn recipes on Pinterest heehee 😉

  2. You’ve just given me more of a reason to get up and start a jumping jacks routine; keep these informational,and inspiring, photos coming :))

    1. Haha, why not throw in some arm circles while you’re up!

  3. Hahaha! Yes!! I especially love the zero/negative calorie one! So glad I found your blog! Keep ’em coming!

    1. Yay I’m glad you found my blog too! Thanks! 🙂

  4. cleanfoodcreativefitness November 16, 2012 — 8:07 am

    Best post ever!!! I get so frustrated sometimes seeing things like this all over the internet and so happy I am not alone in my frustration! It’s so great to have someone else who actually “gets” what fitness, rest days, and healthy living are all about!

    1. Thanks Danielle! Us girls in-the-know need to stick together and spread the word!

  5. OMG! This is why I don’t use Pinterest. What a joke. I feel sorry for everyone out there wasting time with their arm circles and inner thigh toning exercises.

  6. THANK YOU for this post! I get so frustrated on Pinterest sometimes. There are some good workouts out there, but they are few and far between and are lost in the mess that is the health and wellness section. I’m sorry, but standing on a bosu ball while using a machine? Not safe or smart.

    1. The good workouts are Definitely few and far between!! The rest of the Pinterest world is great, and can be very inspiring, but the health/fitness boards really frustrate me most of the time!

  7. Love, Love, Love. That is all. 🙂 Tweeted by @winetoweights 🙂

  8. Without a doubt the most intelligent blog post I have seen in a while. Hoping other bloggers will add this in some link love.

  9. lol this post made me laugh out loud… seriously! people are so ridiculous!! do people actually believe some of the crap that’s on there?? i mean COME ON!!! at least we, who know better, get a kick out of it 🙂

    1. Right after I posted this I actually saw a thing on their for a “stiletto workout”… Literally “working out” in stilettos. WHAT is wrong with these people?!

  10. onehealthymunchkin November 16, 2012 — 6:19 pm

    Hahaha these are so ridiculous! This is exactly why I don’t look at the Fitness board on Pinterest. I’ll stick to the Food & Drink board, haha. 😉

    1. Same here!! The food/drink boards make me drool 🙂

  11. YES!!!
    OMG I can’t even tell you how much it irks me about “no pan blah blah blah”
    seriously – there are things called stress fractures that you SHOULD NOT push through…it just seems very disordered in my opinion

    1. Some of it is VERY disordered, you’re right! It’s so frustrating that some people buy into all of it.

  12. I just found your blog by accident, and I’m so glad I did! I fully agree with you on all this 🙂 It’s great to see other women who aren’t obsessed with “toning” and terrified of a little muscle. There is way too much misinformation out there geared towards women that is just making us weaker! Anyway, thanks for making the Internet a better place! I’m looking forward to your future posts.

    1. I’m so glad you found my blog too! Thank you so much for your kind words, hopefully us strong women can continue to spread the word!

  13. Funny stuff! Sadly, there are young people out there buying into these.

    1. It really is sad for some of it… Some of the things on there can end up hurting people, and that’s never good!

  14. I’m a bit late to the party, but I found this post because I passive-aggressively googled “pinterest lies” out of frustration with the sheer amount of fitness-related bullshit that gets posted on that site. The pin that triggered it, I think, was “Did you know you can cleanse your body and lose weight by consuming nothing but cayenne-pepper-infused lemon juice all day for three days? OMG MUST TRY!” But my faith in humanity is now restored. Thank you!

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