The problem with these pictures is that they show people with REAL bodies "before" they bought the advertised product and then they show the same people "after." Clearly, people can change the size of their bodies through healthy exercise and eating (within reason) but what they cannot do is completely change their shape. Genetics play a huge factor in determining our proportions and we can only fluctuate so much in the way we look. The transformation pictures we see are often digitally manipulated or are set up using particular lighting, clothing, makeup, etc. Not to mention, many of the before pictures are manipulated instead of manipulating the after. This makes it seem like the person got the their looks from whichever product is being sold.
Recently, personal trainer Andrew Dixon shed some light on transformation pictures by posing for his own. Within one hour Andrew took his before AND after shot. In his article for the Huffington Post, he explained how he made the transformation: "I was feeling particularly bloated on the day, so I asked my girlfriend to take a before shot. I then shaved my head, face and chest and prepared for the after shot, which was about an hour after I took the before shot. I did a few push ups and chin ups, tweaked my bedroom lighting, sucked in, tightened my abs and BOOM! We got our after shot."
Another great example of this is an article written by fitness trainer, Mel V. She compiled her series of before and after series of pictures after only a few short minutes. Mel says "Check out my transformation! It took me 15 minutes. Wanna know my secret? Well firstly I ditched the phonewallet (fwallet) cause that thing is lame, swapped my bather bottoms to black (cause they're a size bigger & 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/Im so proud of my results smile. Zoomed in on the before pic- zoomed out on the after & added a filter. Cos' filters make everything awesome. What's my point? Don't be deceived by what you see in magazines & on Instagram.. You never see the dozens of other pics they took that wernt as flattering. Photoshop can make a pig look hotter than Beyonce."
My advice to girls who are looking for a way to make themselves feel good, is to invest in clothing that suits your shape. Don't shop by size, shop by fit and you will be guaranteed to both look and feel good in what you are wearing! And remember sizes are screwed up...this Average girl fits into multiple sizes depending on the maker of the clothing.
What do you think about before and after pictures?