VIDEO: Shocking Before and After Transformation Photos in 5 Hours


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How many times have you seen a product that promises great results for weight loss in a short amount of time? Too many, if you ask me! Not only do they make these great promises, but they have "fabulous before and after photos" to show consumers how their product can help you see such amazing results too. Of course, the photos that they show make their product look like it really works, but are they true before and after photos? I'm sure most people have heard about photos being manipulated in Photoshop, which some may be, but below is a video that shows some interesting insight into how some before and after photos for "weight loss" can be done in the same day (within 5 hours of each other, without Photoshop).
Please be advised: there is some foul language used in the video, but it is worth viewing as you can see how some of these before and after photos may still be fooling some consumers with their miraculous "transformations."

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10 Red Flags of Junk Science and Bogus Diets

Did you find the transformation in the video surprising or shocking? Have you fallen for any fads or gimmicks due to the before and after photo's or the rapid results promises they make?

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  • 66
    Ah man, I've screwed this up sooo bad--I've gotten all ready for the after after after shot. Now what am I gonna do? - 3/6/2017   8:34:07 PM
  • 65
    That is nuts! What I also learned is how bad those junk foods are.. diet soda?! Yikes! - 4/7/2016   8:15:07 AM
  • 64
    OMG - this is amazing! I can't believe it! You have to see it to believe it. I always knew not to trust those before and after, but this is a unique and smart view! - 5/19/2014   2:57:29 PM
  • 63
    This blog makes the point well. - 3/26/2012   3:22:48 PM
    simply hilarious - 3/26/2012   8:31:38 AM
  • 61
    I've always noticed that women's arms never change in their before and after photos. Funny! - 3/1/2012   4:56:11 PM
  • 60
    That was funny!!! - 2/28/2012   7:45:33 AM
  • 59
    Brilliant video. These things are so dishonest. Thanks for pointing it out. - 2/28/2012   5:57:50 AM
    Hilarious! Thanks for the laughs! - 2/27/2012   9:17:28 PM
  • 57
    funny video! thanks for the chuckle! - 2/27/2012   2:28:06 PM
  • 56
    Do they have one of these videos on how to remove the wrinkles? - 2/25/2012   9:58:55 AM
  • 55
    Too funny. Really enjoyed that video!!!! Not a shock to me, but it was eye opening to see exactly how they pull that off. - 2/25/2012   5:52:21 AM
  • 54
    So totally dishonest! No pride anymore! - 2/25/2012   12:48:42 AM
  • 53
    Super hilarious. - 2/24/2012   11:45:25 PM
  • 52
    Hey. I enjoyed watching the video. I was really getting a kick out of it. On the after it doesn't hurt to look miserable as well. (Although if you eat like that, perhaps you'd feel sick especially if you normally eat healthy.) And watch that posture! Nothing adds bumps like a slump! - 2/24/2012   9:28:48 PM
  • 51
    Good Video! I always had my doubts about these amazing transformations. Never happen!!!! Physical impossibility!! I know that with hard work over a longer period of time you really can look like that, It took me months to lose the weight I gained and to lose the inches that I accumulated. Some of the weight loss programs you see can produce good results if you stick to it, but it really isn't a miracle if it takes you months to achieve the look! - 2/24/2012   9:27:58 PM
  • 50
    I'd already seen this video on YouTube. It's an eye opener, and Furious Pete is to be applauded for highlighting this issue. - 2/24/2012   8:45:33 PM
    I had one of the guys in the amazing transformation pics that 'may' be real in the ads on the page while I was reading. Made me laugh hard! - 2/24/2012   5:21:50 PM
  • 48
    I'm getting a kick out of this, confirms what I've thought about these so-called transformations LOL - 2/24/2012   4:52:49 PM
    I had no idea what is possible. You taught me something. - 2/24/2012   3:03:59 PM
  • 46
    I was always told if it looks or sounds too good to be true, it probably is. I liked how this was done with very little Photoshop retouching. I think this is also a good example of how quickly eating a lot of sodium, carbonation, etc. can affect your appearance. (And weight) Very funny! - 2/24/2012   2:17:12 PM
  • 45
    Haha, much enjoyed.
    Making fun of sales tactic reality is always fun, thanks for the vlog, dude. =) - 2/24/2012   12:52:27 PM
  • 44
    I never believe those before and after shots because I know it's too good to be true. I figured it was just photoshop but now I know the truth! - 2/24/2012   12:41:24 PM
    Give proper credit when replicating someones hard work, this was first shown in a sports documentary called Bigger Stronger Faster by Chris Bell. - 2/24/2012   12:27:27 PM
  • 42
    Yes, we do have to be very wary of pumped-up claims and "get-fit-quick" schemes. However, this video was interesting to me because of what it proves, not what it disproves. It shows that, in less than five hours, the junk we put in our bodies ruins our best efforts at the gym... and that is a far more valuable lesson. - 2/24/2012   10:28:43 AM
    Great information, would love to share it with my students, but the language prevents me. It gives fantastic insight on how we are in control of our body image.Thanks for sharing the information. - 2/24/2012   10:23:10 AM
    Great blog. - 2/24/2012   10:12:44 AM
    This is great! Can't wait to show it to my 13-year-old son. We've been talking about this kind of thing! - 2/24/2012   9:32:46 AM
  • 38
    I am not easily fooled that much. They make hugh claims. Folks want instant results and are not willing to put in the hard work. But that is what it takes along with determination. It is a big money maker. Nothing comes easy that is worth having. Just like that diet pill they just approved for weight loss. Heart, kidney and problems I don't need. First it was unsafe.Now it approved.......... rather do it the old fashioned way. Naturally and steady. I really feel sorry for all those who got douped by these types of folks. - 2/24/2012   9:29:16 AM
  • 37
    Puts it all in perspective. I am going to have to follow him on facebook. - 2/24/2012   9:27:30 AM
  • 36
    That was awesome! I haven't laughed that hard in a while.

    I overestimated the use of photo editing in the after pictures. - 2/24/2012   9:23:18 AM
  • 35
    Great video! - 2/24/2012   7:51:01 AM
  • 34
    Certainly puts things in perspective! And points out how yoiu are what you eat. Thank you so much for the informative blog! - 2/24/2012   7:27:35 AM
  • 33
    Ya sure! - 2/24/2012   7:27:33 AM
  • 123ELAINE456
    Not a bit surprise. It is to bad they let things like this go on. I won't give them the time of day. Thank You very much for this video. Look at all of the harm they are doing to their bodies. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. - 2/24/2012   6:22:53 AM
    On a positive note though, some of the transformations ARE real. One of my favorite gym instructors lost over 60 pounds mainly doing TurboFire workouts, and he looks absolutely amazing. I've seen his own before and after pics, as well as the commercial ones, and he is actually in the new TurboFire videos and his pictures are shown in the before and after pictures on the infomercial. - 2/24/2012   6:05:07 AM
  • MOIRA48
    No surprise. I also like the 20-30 year old girls playing volleyball on the beach. The ad is another weight loss gimmick. Like they were ever fat or out of shape to begin with!

    These ads should show 55+ people like me with more realistic results. Oh...wait! What would they sell? Not much. I actually had to talk someone out of buying something called "Exercise in a bottle" a few years ago. - 2/24/2012   6:03:04 AM
  • 29
    HAHAHAHAHA I sooo love this! :D - 2/24/2012   5:25:42 AM
  • 28
    I didn't believe all those before-after pictures and thought that photoshop can work miracles, but this one...
    WOW!!!!Really!!! - 2/24/2012   5:08:43 AM
  • 27
    Ha! This guy is hilarious. Brilliant exposť. - 2/24/2012   3:58:24 AM
  • 26
    Oh, this is sooo true, I was going to take a "before" and "after" picture to prove something similar, but you don't even need to get that disgusting to bloat that badly. It would even work better if you had a bit more than 5 hours and you dehydrate yourself to bring out the vascularity, Body builders do all sorts of things in the last week to manipulate their bodies. You can make about a 10 lb difference in how you look just by standing facing front with bad posture sticking your stomach out with a sad face, no make-up looking pale, then pose differently with your body slightly facing sideways, sucking in your stomach with a great tan, make-up with a huge smile. Have you ever noticed that in the "after pictures the people face slightly diagonally and have a tan with a smiling face? How you pose can take off 10 lbs. - 2/24/2012   2:38:30 AM
  • 25
    Glad a blog including this video (at least the topic) were included on SP - we need to be informed and to remember that REAL transformation takes time and effort and not be fooled by miraculous claims.
    Would love a video from the woman's point of view - tips and techniques that bodybuilders use to enhance their appearances. The Pam spray trick was impressive. - 2/24/2012   2:17:43 AM
  • 24
    All I could think was what a horrible after-effect all of that would have. I cannot conceive of downing a 2-liter of soda like that and, worse, following it with milk. (I'll drink the milk - the worse is combining the two.)

    And, no, I have never fallen for "before" and "after" pictures. He didn't even mention some of the other tricks - such as background color and quality of lighting (shadows make a huge difference), let alone posture and position in the picture. And any picture with a woman tends to have a hair and face makeover even if it's supposed to be the body under consideration.

    Then again, are any of the pictures on packaged food any better? - 2/24/2012   12:09:25 AM
  • 23
    Thanks for the laugh!
    - 2/23/2012   11:27:09 PM
  • 22
    Hilarious content -- though horrid language. Confrims what I've thought about some of the ridiculous ads: positioning/ posture, lighting, clothing can mimic "real" outcomes. - 2/23/2012   11:20:01 PM
  • 21
    This is awesome. We were just talking in last week's SparkLive! Class about what is "real" and how much of a difference lighting, oils, and programs like Photoshop make to a picture. Thank you for sharing this video.
    Judi - 2/23/2012   11:13:07 PM
  • 20
    Tony Horton's P90X work out takes 90 days, so I don't know about any 5 hr. fix. LOL - 2/23/2012   11:02:14 PM
  • 19
    I have heard about this before- the "after" shot before the "before" shot- but that was way after I had fallen a victim to many of the diet scams out there :-) Great video though. - 2/23/2012   10:16:42 PM
  • 18
    I like this guy....he's hilarious in how he shows how ridiculous it is to believe most (if not all) of the "quick" transformation shots. LOL....almost laughed myself right out of the seat. Good abd workout for me. :) - 2/23/2012   10:15:06 PM
    I thoughts some of those before and after were fake, but to think they can modify you appearance in 5 hours. I think I will continue to reduce soda, canned foods and chips. Maybe I will look like the after picture in five hours!! LOL!! - 2/23/2012   9:55:06 PM

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