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Don’t get seduced by the illusion…

This morning whilst snuggled in bed drinking my coffee I came across a truly fantastic article and I knew I had to share this with you.
Okay. I write a fitness blog, therefore I like many others have a dream to transform my body into the so called ‘perfect’ shape. On my/our journey to ‘Planet dream body’ we will most likely take note of DVD’s, supplements, shakes, bar’s and diet plans. One thing they all have in common is a ‘Before’ and ‘After’ picture.
This article showed the reality of these pictures and just how easy it is to ‘fake’ the perfect body in front of the camera with good lighting, careful posing and maybe some fake tan.
To prove the point, here are two photos of me, I’ve just dug out some Facebook pictures so no fancy lighting, tanning or photoshop so mine are not as dramatic as the article…
Photo One..

Pretty normal, I’m slouching slightly, I am holding my stomach in…but my thighs, butt etc look as they are in real life.
Photo Two…

I’m standing much taller, I’m lunging my legs to give the appearance of a longer..thinner body…suddenly I look lighter and my butt looks smaller (!) 
So there you have it, two photos’s taken within minutes and just by tweaking my posing I can give the illusion of a different body shape.
This is why we can’t let ourselves get sucked in, if I can find examples just from standard ole facebook photos taken on a silly girls meal out then it really proves what the professionals can do.

It’s a shame we live in a world where a size 8 female can be photographed from a bad angle and called fat, when magazines post pictures with big red rings around some unsuspecting females cellulite and that false advertising is key to selling a product.

I don’t know about you; I was naturally seduced by all these pictures but now I’ve seen this I’m tired of being lied to. I don’t want to be unnatural or fake, I am who I am and that is exactly who I am meant to be.

On that note…have a great Thursday and keep on smiling.


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  1. If I'm being honest, your body looks pretty much the same in both photos from the waist up and it's mostly your legs that look different. It's definitely the pose 🙂

    I agree, it's very easy for people to look a certain way depending on the angle of the photo. The same way everyone has bad angles, everyone has good ones!

  2. Hi Kate,
    Thanks for your comment and I agree my pic is not as dramatic as the article and it does show that maybe If I'd photoshopped my waist a little like the adverts..I really would have had a 'before and after' pic!
    I think I need a lifetime of finding my 'good angles!' Maybe I'll lunge in every pic to hide my runners thighs! 🙂