Let Me Take A Selfie: The Truth About Before and After Photos
There is nothing worse than a company that takes someoneâ€™s before and after photo, chops the head off and tries to pass it off as results for their weight loss pills or gimmicky crap. Well, maybe this is worseâ€¦ people who have lost no weight, but know all about those angles. Are you picking up what Iâ€™m putting down? A well-placed armâ€¦ a profile shot with a half twistâ€¦ Many of us, including myself look to others for motivation and inspiration; the last thing we want is to be fooled by the â€œsuccess selfieâ€ of others.
My BFF in LA asked to do a blog about how to tell when before and after photos are real vs. fake. In a world of Photoshop, it is sometimes really hard to tell. People are just so dang talentedâ€¦
Say youâ€™re really interested in doing a DVD Program and youâ€™ve seen before and afters posted by coaches. Is there fine print? Most of those people who have achieved amazing results have done MULTIPLE rounds of a program or a combination of programs. The before and after isnâ€™t fake, but it definitely isnâ€™t 100% truthful. That has to do with the seller, not the person that worked hard to change their bodies. Of course a company is going to twist that into â€œLOOK AT THE RESULTS ACHIEVED FROM THISâ€ and then have a disclaimer so small you canâ€™t even read it about all the other stuff the person was doing to ACTUALLY achieve that. Marketing is rarely truthful.
Also, why are so many heads missing?! If I went from 300lbs to having rock hard abs, I wouldnâ€™t be cutting my head out of my pictures! This happens for a couple reasons: theyâ€™re actually two different people or whoever is posting it doesnâ€™t have permission to use the photos.Â Â Pretty much any time I see a head cut off, I call B.S. and keep scrolling. There are people that will Photoshop different heads onto bodies and honestly, I have a hard time telling. So, good luck with that one.
This is how I judge and trust before and afters when I see themâ€¦
Photos that come straight from the horseâ€™s mouth. I donâ€™t trust pics that have been reposted 1000 times. I want to be able to track that photo back to Sally Smith and really see if she lost 200lbs or just got a new head courtesy of Photoshop.
I believe you when you take photos multiple angles, but not like youâ€™re a model. I donâ€™t want to see a half twists, high angle… etc. Photos taken from the front, profile and back, at eye level, are pretty trustworthy. Theyâ€™re not the best poses for when youâ€™re out of shape, so the afters will definitely show progress.
What is the craziest photo youâ€™ve ever seen? Do you think itâ€™s real or fake?