So true! The most common comment I get from girls after a couple weeks of clean eating and lifting weights is how “amazing” they feel and how much energy they have! Honestly after cheat meals I feel so crummy… it’s a good reminder of why I eat clean 90% of the time!!! =)
THE TRUTH ABOUT BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS
Often how someone’s body looks in a picture is dependent on a multitude of factors including angle, stance, posture, and whether you are “sucking it in” or not. Significant and long-lasting weight and fat loss is not just a 10 day process, but can only happen through a change to a healthy lifestyle which may take weeks, months, or even years to achieve. Doing fad diets or following popular workout videos for just a week is not going to cut it.
Now I’m not saying that the person in the top “before and after” did not lose an inch or two during those 10 days or drop a few pounds, but for everyone to imagine dramatic results like that one will occur in 10 days just by following a workout routine have a hard reality to face. Do not trust all “before and after” photos, as they are often construed to show higher weight and fat loss than has actually happened. For example, in the first photo, she is clearly slouching forward, as is the “before” photo from the person below that one, which was taken one second before the “after” photo.
So the rule is: Before and After photos are meant to be inspirational, but they can often be misleading and show results that are not typical and haven’t actually occurred. Don’t compare your weight loss journey to anyone else’s. You can use others tips, ideas, and experiences to jump-start your own healthy lifestyle, but to deflate your own spirit by not getting the seemingly positive results that someone else has in such a short time is a terrible idea. YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY IS YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY. NOT ANYONE ELSE’S.
I AM SO GLAD SOMEONE POSTED THIS! I absolutely hate when I see before/after pictures and the person is standing in a completely different position/different camera angle/covering their gut with higher waisted pants. Be proud of your true results and don’t try to mislead other people. I always wear the same clothes/underwear as my “before” pictures and try to stand in the same position.