Bodybuilding Facts: Before and After Photo’s, The Truth

Have you ever seen the site’s with the amazing photos of the complete body transformation? Of course you have. Believe it or not, 99% of them are true and legitimate before and after photos. And the transformations are amazing indeed. Here is what they don’t show you.

Muscle building and fat loss goals are things to be taken seriously. They can be the literal difference between life and death for some people. The decision to change one’s physical appearance is a huge one, something to not be taken lightly. It is life changing to go from an overweight out of shape person to a fit, lean, well built specimen. Every aspect of your life improves, from the obvious physical changes to the less obvious boost in self confidence and elevated feeling of self worth. And the even less obvious way in which every one around you treats you, especially the people who don’t know you and make their initial judgments on how you look and carry yourself.

The person that makes the decision to “change” is like anyone would be, looking for the easiest and fastest route to their desired destination. So it’s obvious that ads and programs will promote how easy and fast you can go from this to that. And a picture is worth a 1000 words. Actually, two pictures. The before and after.

I said before that 99% of theses shots are legit, and they are. And the photo’s are not doctored or altered, in most cases. It is the same person’s head on their body in both shots. But if you look at any of these very closely, you will notice that the people always look a little different, in the face especially. The hair will almost always be a different style, length and sometimes even color. Why? It is so you don’t notice as easily what enabled the real “transformation” to occur.

The passage of a LOT OF TIME.

Not the 8 week, 30 day, 60 day, 12 week, ripped, cut, chiseled, huge, massive, muscle bound time frame they are promising. If you’re 100 lbs overweight you can drop 30-40 fairly quickly. Or, if you’ve never lifted before, you can gain 5-10 lbs of muscle fairly easily. And you can do THAT in 8 weeks or so. But you will NOT go from 20% body fat to under 9% (where you MUST be for abs to show), or go from being a 90 lb weakling to a middle linebacker physique in 8 weeks. You also won’t do it in 8 MONTHS, unless you quit your job, hire a trainer and a chef and happen to be 18-22 years old.

Anything that makes as much difference in your life as a “body transformation” will, will not come easy or quick. But it will be worth it. I just came back from 3 weeks in south Florida, hanging on the beaches everyday. I saw no “after” photos walking around. None at all. One of the major reasons for that is because people buy into the hype and when it doesn’t happen as promised they quit, or they don’t believe the hype and never get to know that it is possible to accomplish what they see in the photos, just not in 8 weeks. Simply realize that a lean well built body is about a life style. You don’t change that overnight.