Don”t Believe The Hype (if it sounds too good to be true, then it is)

before and afterIt seems like every week there is a new diet or exercise program that is touted as being the best way to lose weight and get into shape. It may claim that a new scientific breakthrough led the researchers to discover a new way to lose weight or to discover a new compound or plant that will revolutionize how people lose weight. These programs make promises like “lose 20 pounds in 1 week” or “get ripped, lean and in shape within 1 month”.

Most of these programs come with personal testimonies and before and after pictures. The testimonies are amazing, they talk about how great the diet is and how easy it was to lose weight and how much weight they lost. They may say things like “the weight just melted off” or “I lost weight by just sitting in my favorite chair”. The before and after pictures that accompany these testimonials show amazing differences. The program will promise that it is too good to be true.

Unfortunately, it is too good to be true. The old saying “if it seems to good to be true, then it is” is very true when dealing with the diet, nutrition, exercise and weight loss industries.

A personal trainer decided to see how easy it is to make drastic differences between before and after pictures. The catch was that he took the pictures an hour apart. He used tricks to make himself temporarily look more muscular, buff and cut. He posted the results in an article in the Huffington Post.

There are many tricks out there that marketing companies use to lure you into believing that their product works and is the best thing out there. They know what they are doing, they do it well, and they do it professionally.

In the before picture, the trainer was disheveled, bloated, and used bad lighting. In the after picture, the trainer used overhead lighting, shaved his body, and did some exercises right before the after pictures. The results are staggering from just doing these few tricks.

In body building, tricks like these have been around for years. If you lightly exercise a few key muscles (chest and abs) before pictures, your muscles will be pumped up with blood and look bigger and more defined. Shaving your body hair and head hair makes you look more defined and leaner. The overhead light just accentuates everything.

Body builders will also avoid sugar and salt for 1 to 2 weeks prior to a photo shoot or a competition. This will decrease bloating and make the skin thinner which increased definition. Body builders will also tan because tan muscles look better than pasty white skin.

Many of the celebrities that we see on the red carpet use tricks like this to make themselves look prettier, skinnier, healthier, etc. But they are temporary fixes. These tricks will allow you to look good for 1 night, or maybe for a few days, but it does not last. The only way to make changes that last is by making changes to your diet, exercise routine and lifestyle that you can maintain, and stick with, for a lifetime.

There is no substitute for exercise and eating right. Don’t believe the hype. If it sounds too good to be true, than it is.If you haven’t exercised consistently for years, there is no program that will get you into shape, feeling good and losing weight quickly. In most cases it has taken many years to put on the weight, so it will take months to years to take off the weight.

The Pain Free Lifestyle program is set up to take you from the very beginning of exercising and eating right to getting into shape, reducing pain and increasing activity. It will take time to incorporate the changes into your lifestyle, and it will take time to see and feel a difference in your body. But the longer it takes the lose weight, the longer it will stay off.

Losing weight, exercising, eating right, reducing pain, and increasing activity by consistently eating right and exercising is the Pain Free Way.

Here are 2 other articles that I wrote about the diet and exercise industries:

Exercise and Diet Overload

If It Sounds Too Good To Be True

And here is the article from the Huffington Post:



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