All day long on social media we are bombarded with frustratingly gorgeous fitspiration posts.
With picture after picture of perfect people with perfect six-packs – we're regularly led to believe that by "following these 27 easy steps" we too can be of a similar physique.
And key to this trend is the requisite before and after pictures.
However, now one fitness professional has written a blog post on how these pictures can be extremely deceiving and why we shouldn’t always believe exactly what we see.
Sophie Kay, a qualified personal trainer from London, explained: “As a personal trainer and a fitness blogger I can see a lot of pressure in the industry to look and act a certain way which can be rather stressful and damaging for some people.”
She even posted a before and after picture that was taken just three minutes apart to demonstrate the tricks of the trade.
“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!”
This isn’t the first time someone has shown us how these pictures can sometimes be false. Melanie from MelVFitness posted a similar picture last year.
In the image she posed in her bathroom with poor lighting and bad posture. She then changed her bikini bottoms, put on some tan, changed the lighting and put some make up on to show how these after pictures can all be enhanced to look a lot better.