There's a certain whiplash that can come with being a plus-size model. On one hand, you're possibly fielding criticism from the camp that doesn't appreciate a plus-size body (the average American woman is a size 16, by the way), and then if you lose weight, you might be accused of trying to deviate from the plus-size community. Model Jordyn Woods knows this tug-of-war game all too well.
"One time I posted a photo working out, and then if you post that you're working out, they're going to say 'Oh, don't get too skinny' or 'Why are you working out if you love your body?'" she says in a video for Teen Vogue. In the past year, Woods has taken charge of her health by working out consistently, and while she's lost a considerable amount of weight in the process, the number on the scale was never her focal point.
"When I first started losing weight, I wasn't doing it to lose weight, and I think that's why it worked out so well," she explains. "For me, working out became my therapy. It's all for your mind, really. When I realized I focused on my mind more than the goals in my body, I lost more weight." While Woods may have lost some inches around her waist, she's gotten stronger and is overall more physically fit.
For me, working out became my therapy. It's all for your mind, really. When I realized I focused on my mind more than the goals in my body, I lost more weight.
So what does Woods's routine actually look like? "Just staying consistent and doing something every day whether it's walking, jogging, squats, weights at home, or going to the gym," she tells E! News. "I feel like a little bit of something every day is very helpful." The model also told Elle Canada that she does 20 to 30 minutes of cardio to warm up followed by an ab workout, and then each day she'll focus on a different body part like legs, arms, and her back. This falls in line with her diet as well, which she jokes is healthy "most of the time."
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