Lifestyle Thoughts

The rise of the revenge body

Celebrity culture has fuelled the rise of social trends such as selfies, squads and friendship goals but it’s now fuelling a rise in so-called revenge bodies. If you haven’t heard of revenge bodies before then I’ll explain.

When a celebrity couple splits up the media often portray their actions afterwards as an attempt to try and make their ex jealous or to show them that they’re happy without them. Some people, men and women (although mostly women I think), decide they want to get fitter, healthier and tone up after a break-up and the result of their efforts is their revenge body.

Personally, I’m undecided about revenge bodies.

Part of me feels like if someone wants to channel their bad feelings after a break-up into improving themselves and becoming healthier then they should go for it. But if they’re becoming fitter and improving their body simply to make their ex jealous then maybe that’s not so great.

Obviously everyone can do whatever they want to do! I’m not going to be one of those people who get a kick out of telling people how they should live their lives, it’s just I feel like doing something just to make someone jealous or to make you look better than them is so negative.

Negative feelings can wear you down after a while and if you’re going to do something then it should be for you.

I suppose you could turn it on it’s head and say that if you want to make your ex jealous and that’s a feeling you enjoy then that’s not negative because if that’s what you want to do, then that’s what you want to do.

It’s an interesting topic because everyone will have a different opinion.

Khloe¬†Kardashian is the first celebrity I think of when I think about revenge bodies. She toned up last year and since then her career has just grown and grown. I guess Khloe Kardashian is proof that a revenge body can do wonders for your life and your self-confidence so maybe they’re not so bad after all.

Let me know what you think in the comments below. Have you ever achieved a revenge body? If you have, what did you achieve it for? If you haven’t, do you think you ever would in the future?

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  • Reply
    April 28, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    I have indeed acheived a “revenge” body. When my ex broke up with me, I was devestated and stopped eating. I know I needed to eat and for me, doing exercise makes me eat. I needed something positive to focus on rather than wallowing in grief so I decided to get fit and toned.
    A few months after the breakup and I had the best body I’ve ever had. I felt a great sense of accomplishment, was fitter and stronger physically and mentally. My confidence was also improved. I won’t lie. It also felt really good to know that my ex would never, ever get a chance of getting his hands on me again.
    Not long after I met a new guy and we have been together ever since. Fitness is still very important to me but I know he loves me for me, not because of my body.
    I am the happiest I have ever been and it is all thanks to my ex.

    • Reply
      Sophie Wright
      April 28, 2016 at 4:28 pm

      What a fantastic story, well done Helen! I’m so glad you managed to get something great out of what was a terrible situation at the time.

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