This Image Proves "Before" And "After" Weight Loss Photos Are A SCAM

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Stop letting the diet industry fool you.

We see before and after photos of weight loss every day. They're on the cover of magazines, in commercials, and they're even on our social media feeds. 

But are they just a lie pushed on us from the diet industry? According to a personal trainer, yes.

Sophie Kay, a personal trainer and fitness blogger posted a side by side photo on her Tumblr to prove how easy it is to fake a before and after picture.

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"All I did in the 3 minutes between the two photos was to turn off the overhead light, put on underwear that fit better, twist my body slightly to the side to show off my best angle, flex and, of course, add a filter. So, don't pay much attention to those 'before and after' shots!" she wrote in a post on Tumblr.

The post became popular, gaining 376 notes.

It debunked five myths: before and after photos are real, being healthy means having a six pack, people in fitness are perfect, exercise is easy, and you should be able to run fast.

A lot of the myths are slashed away by her own experiences, like her love of junk food.

"I love to eat anything and everything. Pizza is probably my favorite food and although I don't really have a sweet tooth, I can eat sweet n' salt popcorn or ice cream for days. It's all about living a balanced lifestyle. Indulge when you want to, but get to know your body and understand what it wants and when."

I mean, we pretty much all knew that those before and after pictures we see in magazines and on TV were far from legit. Sometimes, the people in the before and after picture don't even look alike!

We just wish that more people were as honest and open about losing weight as this personal trainer.