The weight loss pictures you see on social media aren’t always what they seem.
By working their angles, choosing good lighting and striking a pose, influencers can make themselves look “flawless”.
They can also make it seem like they’ve transformed their body by fad dieting or using slimming products.
Faking their before and after snaps can make their fans feel bad about their bodies.
Many try to keep up with similar fad diets or regimes but fail to lose weight – and they can’t work out why.
Thankfully for us, there are some Instagram stars who are willing to show the “reality” behind the posts.
Anjuli Mack is one of these lovely ladies.
The fitness coach showed how easy it is to manipulate “before and after” snaps on Instagram.
The 26-year-old snapped two mirror selfies seconds apart – and there was a huge difference between them.
She wrote: “This is not a before and after.
“Although it wouldn’t surprise me if fad diet, keto detoxes and random overseas supplement companies use it to promote their own agenda. IT HAPPENS ALL THE TIME.”
Anjuli added: “Companies prey on people desperate for a quick fix but in reality this is just puffing out and then sucking in.
“Seconds apart as seen on my video post yesterday.”
The fitness coach added that many message her asking why their bodies don’t always look how they want.
Many are concerned about “bloating” and “having rolls” when they sit down, which are perfectly normal things to happen to any body.
So instead of encouraging “fad dieting”, the fitness influencer outlined five tips for losing weight in the healthy way.
1. You can’t outwork your nutrition – it’s important not to over-eat and stick to calorie guidelines
2. Carbs aren’t the enemy – even though some fad diets tell you to swerve them, these can still be eaten in moderation
3. Don’t get caught up with snaps you see on social media – Anjuli explained: “You will never see 100% of someone’s life online”.
4. Focus on you – the Instagrammer said: “Don’t try to copy XYZ, fad diets or waste money on juice detoxes. Just get a plan in place & stick to it.”
5. Be kind to yourself – Instead of obsessing over your diet, take time for yourself too. Anjuli added: “You want to remember the life time memories made with loved ones.”