You can't believe everything you see on Instagram — especially when it comes to weight loss "transformation" photos.
It's all too easy to fake major weight loss or muscle gain by tweaking posture, clothing, camera angle, and lighting.
Don't believe it? Fitness blogger Madalin Giorgetta has the video proof to convince you for good, Cosmopolitan reports.
Last week, Giorgetta posted this side-by-side comparison to show how posture adjustment (and a little muscle flexing) can radically change the look of her body:
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Ahh the difference a flattering pose can make 💁🏼 I love seeing these photos on my feed as it reminds me that we allll have our best angles that we choose to share. The girls you see on Instagram don't walk around with one leg bent and one hip popped and flexed abs the whole time! I don't look like the right version in real life because who the hell stands like that in real life? But there's also nothing wrong with posting your most flattering angle, it's only human. After all, who wants to post that pic of your double chin? 🤷🏼♀️Constantly seeing the same carefully posed pic on my feed can get tiring, so it's always nice to see a crappy photo and think, "ohh hey, she's a bit like me" 🙂EDIT: kini is tagged folks!
"I love seeing these photos on my feed as it reminds me that we all have our best angles that we choose to share," she wrote in the caption. "The girls you see on Instagram don't walk around with one leg bent and one hip popped and flexed abs the whole time! I don't look like the right version in real life because who the hell stands like that in real life?"
But the difference between the two photos was so dramatic that some commenters accused Giorgetta of using Photoshop to alter her body. In response, she posted this video, showing the "transformation" in real time:
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Because I've had comments on one of posts claiming Photoshop... no🙅🏼 it's called the human body and it moves in and out because I'm not a statue. I use filters, yes, I sometimes use Facetune to patch up a particularly heinous pimple, and like any chick I'm partial to good lighting and flattering angles but I would never ever use Photoshop to change the shape of my body. There's enough misleading images about the female body as it is and I never want to add to that 🌞
"It's called the human body and it moves in and out because I'm not a statue," she captioned the video. (Amen to that.)
Giorgetta's posts are an excellent reminder that before-and-afters can be deceiving — and that no one's body should look the same at all hours of the day. So what if your stomach bulges out when you sit down? That's what it's supposed to do.
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