“Reality Check” is an article series which looks at common mistakes people make when they begin dieting for weight loss. We’ll check out some ‘thought adjustments’ that will help you make better choices on your journey. The articles include tips, new ideas to try, strategies to follow, and encouragement to keep you moving forward.

‘Before’ and ‘After’ pics are NOT real evidence

“I’m on the new ‘Maxi-lean 3027’ diet. You should see the before and after shots of their success stories! I want those results too!”

There are hundreds, actually, thousands of people out there who are doing diets based on the (admittedly) amazing before and after pictures of people that CLAIM to have achieved a level of success on whatever diet they are promoting. You and I see these adverts and decide that THIS is the diet that’s going to get us where we want to be, physique-wise.

So what’s the problem here?

The photos are of real people aren’t they? Well, yes. But that’s about where the truth stops being clear-cut. You see, the before photo is usually not the start of that super-lean person’s journey on the diet in question.

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If you could see the before-the-before picture, you’d see a physique that looks almost exactly like the after pic. And that’s the problem.

These ‘before and after models’ are fitness models who fatten themselves up, and then trim themselves down again in order to generate cash-flow (for themselves, and the diet creators). They don’t necessarily do the prescribed diet, and they have the advantage of ‘unfair’ genetics, and lots of pills to get them back to peak shape.

What does all this mean for you?

Simply that you CANNOT use pictures of other people in adverts or on social media as evidence of the effectiveness of a diet plan. What CAN you use? Your brain, and the experience of other knowledgeable people to guide you.


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