Whenever you go onto a site trying to sell you diet pills you will see lots of people posting their before and after pictures claiming that the product is miraculous. But sometimes, when you really look at them, you start to doubt if there were any changes made.
Now, lots of fitness instagrammers and bloggers are exposing the truth, that you can actually fake the photos with a series of clever tricks.
Lots of people seem to be up for showing how much difference camera lighting and some filters can make to your appearance.
Why expose the truth?
The reason why all these personal trainers are showing that it’s not possible to get amazing results in a short amount of time is that they don’t want people to have unrealistic expectations.
It is true that some people will alter their images to make it seem as if the results are better than the real thing, even if that includes using a filter to make muscles stand out, fake tan or holding positions that look unnatural to get their best side.
An Australian personal trainer called Mel decided to do a project showing how easy it is to manipulate a photo. Here is what she wrote to accompany her instagram post:
Wanna know my secret? Well firstly I ditched the phonewallet (fwallet) cause that *** is lame, swapped my bather bottoms to black (cause they’re a size bigger and black is slimming), smothered on some fake tan, clipped in my hair extensions, stood up a bit taller, sucked in my guts, popped my hip, threw in a skinny arm, stood a bit wider #boxgap, pulled my shoulders back and added a bit of a cheeky/I’m so proud of my results smile. Zoomed in on the before pic, zoomed out on the after and added a filter. Cause filters make everything awesome.
Source: Business Insider
She went on to say that all of these before and after shots we see don’t show what the person went through to get those results, which is primarily the problem. You don’t know how often they worked out, how much they had or hadn’t eaten, how early they got up or how many detoxes they had gone through. Take dieting pills for example. Are those results genuine or were they the result of hard work due to dieting and exercising?
This is just one reason as to why fitness bloggers are documenting their weight loss goals, so people know it is genuine and in turn they hope to help people with their fitness goals.
People may have different reasons as to why they are posting a fake weight loss picture, perhaps they want it to seem as if they did more to reach their goal, they want to impress their followers or it may make them feel better. But at the same time it is promoting unrealistic ideas of what weight loss should look like.
Like always, we suggest that eating right and exercising at least three times a week is the best way to lose weight, and sometimes a diet pill may help you along the way if you are finding it tough to resist those sugar cravings.
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