It seems that with each New Year we see a flare up on the transformation photos flooding our Instagram newsfeed. These photos both inspire us to better our own ways of eating but sometimes they make us question the authenticity of said transformation. You might have noticed an influx in transformation photos but instead of the regular 30 or 90 day transformation photos you are seeing the 30 second transformation photos.
There are bloggers and Instagramers out there who are determined to show you just how some of those incredible transformation photos are made and it’s not from doing a whole mess of sit ups and eating lettuce dry. It’s simpler than all that. We all know the internet can be quite a tricky place to maneuver and can trick out eyes in more ways than one and some transformation photos are the same way. Now, before we go any further let me say that not all transformation photos are doctored or otherwise false but there are a good portion which are.
So, now with all that being said let’s take a look at how these incredible transformations are possible in a mere 30 seconds. First typically in the before picture the model is trying hard to look bad…for example you will see their flaws more prominently and this is what they want so that when you see the after photo you notice the flaws are gone. The flaws can be extenuated with lighting, posture, and even the attire the model is wearing. The after photo is taken mere seconds later and the model is flexing more, the lighting has changed ever so slightly, the strategically places attire is now ever so slightly moved to hide the imperfections and the camera angle may have even changed. All of these changes are subtle enough that unless you were looking for them you would have a hard time seeing them.
The internet loves body "transformation" photos. That's why a fitness Instagrammer who goes by @PlankingForPizza is making headlines after posting a photo showing just how easy it can be to manipulate them.
🚨 This is not a transformation photo 🚨 This week I've decided to do the 30 second transformation photo. These pics were taken second apart this morning. On the left my posture is poor, I'm pushing my belly out as far as possible, I adjusted my bottoms to show my gross, unsightly and horrid love handles. These are often concealed by my high waisted pants and bottoms that do fit so much better now. As much as it pains me to showcase these, it also proves that my body isn't perfect and that I still have work to do and fat to lose (I'm working so hard to get rid of my love handles and lower tummy fat. Yes it has dramatically reduced already but it still exists and I'm still insecure about it). On the right I'm standing straight and comfortably. I'm lightly flexing and I've adjusted my bottoms to hide my love handles. I'm thankful for bikini bottoms that now fit well and hide these but I'm also trying to show that they still exist quite a bit and that not everything we see meets the eye here on social media. You can show you best angles and hide your flaws but at the end of the day what we chose to showcase is a reflection of ourselves. My body isn't perfect. I still have imperfections and flaws that I'm slowly learning to be comfortable with. I want to be real and honest and open. Yes I've accomplished a lot, but yes my body still has less than ideal days when it doesn't look its best. Fitness and health is not a fix. It's not a destination. It's a lifestyle. If you force your progress you know who you are cheating?! You. You only cheat you. Yes I like to show my best most of the time but I've also realized by not showing my worst that it only harms myself. Being vulnerable and imperfect is hard but lying to yourself is worse. I know I'm hard on myself, it's a flaw on its own, but I'm slowly learning to be gentle and kind but it starts with being truthful to myself and knowing and understanding my imperfections and realizing that, although they exist, they don't define me. I am not a before picture. I am not an after picture. I am not fat nor am I perfect. I'm flawed. I'm scarred. I'm insecure. But I'm learning and I'm hopeful that one day I'll fully love me 💕
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Following my girl @squatting_for_donuts lead in #bbgprogresslove 💕 Her post was about the importance of progress photos. So I'm going to do the same. Did I want to ever post my before picture? NO 🙅🏼 because I was really embarrassed and not proud of my current state. For the first 12 weeks, I took a progress photo every week. I wanted to document every step of the process! I tried to always use the same outfit and lighting but it didn't always work out that way. My progress in the beginning was fairly dramatic in my stomach and now it's more in my hips. My legs on the other hand are taking their sweet time 😂 I debated between so many different pictures (because I have plenty 😅) for the last three photos. I thought these all look exactly the same! Nothing has changed! But then I thought for honesty sake, it was necessary to try to not force progress that isn't there . Am I bummed that I don't see much change between the last three photos? Yes! But I also can't help but be PROUD! I've changed so much from the beginning. Maybe my progress has slowed a lot but I have come so far!! It has taken time, energy, consistency, dedication, patience, sacrifice, and love. I love and appreciate my body so much more now for what it's capable of doing, not just for what it looks like! Take progress photos for YOU! You don't have to share them if you're too intimidated by it, but do it regardless!!! I promise you'll surprise yourself. And that reward and feeling is all you need to keep yourself moving forward. You will not change over night. You will not change every week. But every exercise and every clean meal is a step in the right direction. Change is slowwww but little changes add up to big results over time. You just need a little drive, a little love, a positive attitude, and a little motivation, so take those pictures babes! Your future self will thank you 💕
The purpose of the 30 second transformation is to show social media users that they can’t always trust what they see and this needs to be said to the younger generation of girls on social media who see these transformations and try to go to extreme measures to achieve the same results, which truly aren’t results at all in the first place.
Madalin Giorgetta posted her own 30-second transformation photo on Instagram, showing herself in one photo looking thinner and more toned than in the other. In the photo's caption, Madalin reveals that in reality, neither picture is an accurate representation of what she actually looks like.
30 second transformation 💁🏼 I don't look like either in real life... in real life I'm not flexing like on the right and I'm not pushing my hips forwards like in the left. Real life isn't what you see on Instagram peeps 🙅🏼 in real life I'm demanding cuddles off my boyfriend, I'm chasing my cat around the house or I'm doing an in-depth analysis of Married at First Sight with my friends 👫😻👯 what are you guys like in real life? Tell meeeee 🙋🏼 (heaps of questions on outfit, it's from @bringsportswear 😘)
So, while the transformation photos you are seeing on social media could be legitimate there are those that are not, be inspired but also know that you need to be happy in the skin you are in and if you aren’t change it the healthy way.