“There was a time when a fool and his money were soon parted, but now it happens to everybody.” –Adlai E. Stevenson
One of the worst feelings that I’ve ever experienced is when I feel as though someone has played me for a fool, and fleeced me out of my time, my money, and my trust. The Dang-Its know what I’m talking about; have a listen to their song,
One of the most common ads I see on the internet is for these miraculous, weight-loss, muscle-building “solutions,” usually accompanied by some spectacular before-and-after photos. Here are a couple of examples, all associated with attempts to sell various types of supplements.
You’ll see what looks like some amazing results, won’t you? Someone carrying a fair bit of extra weight, maybe looking bloated in the “before” picture, followed by them looking happy, pumped up, confident and ripped in the “after” picture. While common sense and any experience with diet and exercise will tell you that a simple supplement is highly unlikely to play a major role in such a transformation, these ads are literally everywhere.
(Image credit: Frankie at comment #4.)
And I’ve written in the past that one should not take these “after” photos too seriously without looking very carefully at the “before” photos, first, at the very least. After all, one can do dramatic (and unhealthy) things to their body to radically cut one’s weight — such as dehydration — in a relatively short amount of time. Did these people get significantly stronger and healthier, or was all that muscle there all along, and did they just do something to shed some excess weight?
My take, when I see a before-and-after photo set like this?
This before-and-after photo set? It’s the difference between how bodybuilders look in the off-season and when they’re ready for competition. How can you tell? Look at how strong the guy in the “before” picture is. Yes, he’s got a fair bit of extra fat on him, but his thighs are huge and muscular, his arms are thick and strong, and his chest is significantly broader than his midsection.
Most of the “get ripped in 4 weeks” ads that you see do exactly this for before and after photos. Fitness isn’t about that to me, it’s about being healthy and strong throughout your daily life, regardless of where it takes you.
I always advocate for people to try and be healthy for the long-term, and to not fall for these fads and insincere promises. But I never thought that these before-and-after photos could be taken in the same day, just five hours apart! Until, that is, I saw this amazing (and slightly disgusting) video from Furious Pete. See for yourself!
(Video credit: Furious Pete’s YouTube channel.)
Most of you, I’m sure, are savvy enough not to fall for promises like this, but the capability of the human body to go from such a dramatic “before” to “after” (or in this case, after-to-before) in the same day surprised even me! And I hope it entertained you for a bit, too!