Thursday, January 6 2022

A personal trainer who has lost over 100 pounds in his own weight loss journey has gone viral on TikTok for his body-positive videos.

Nicki Georgiou, who has lived in Wootton Bassett and Swindon her entire life, has lost around seven and a half stones since 2015.

She went from a size 20 to a size 10, but still has days when she is not confident in her body.

Despite Nicki’s reservations about posting a video about PMS when she felt bloated, she was shocked after TikTok went viral, amassing over 2.5 million views and 160,000 likes. It now has nearly 12,000 subscribers on the application.

The 29-year-old said: “I always feel pressured to post on social media in a flattering light, and always post the happy, positive and perfect version of my fitness and food.

“I didn’t feel very good about myself that day and felt like an absolute potato.

“But I posted the video at random and didn’t think about it at first.

“It went crazy and the women said they felt depressed, but this video made them feel better.

“It made me realize that people are asking for a little more authenticity when it comes to social media.

“The consistently positive image of fitness could play into people’s perfectionist mindsets when it comes to losing weight and changing your lifestyle for the better.

“A lot of times people miss a workout or eat an unhealthy meal and fall off the wagon because they feel bad after seeing those perfect pictures. But it’s okay to have these days – personal trainers miss workouts and eat chocolate.

“Instagram is very filtered and a bit like a portfolio of your life while TikTok is more authentic and realistic.”

In the video, Nicki poses in her gym kit as the text reads, “I’m a personal trainer. I have to have my period and have eaten a lot of food. This is my current body. I feel so bloated. and raw right now.

“As women our bodies change so much over the month. It’s hard to post but hopefully this will normalize it.”

Nicki started her weight loss journey in 2015 when she decided she wanted to make changes to her sedentary lifestyle.

She fell in love with fitness and by 2018 had graduated as a personal trainer, graduating alongside her work at Thames Water.

She added, “It made me a whole different person. The empowerment I feel from lifting weights has spilled over into other parts of my life.”

Nicki now rents space at PureGym in Mannington Retail Park for her sessions with clients.

She plans to continue posting more “authentic” fitness posts to TikTok and Instagram. Search @nickigeorgiou on both platforms to follow his journey.

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