Be careful with transformation photos…or really any physique photos for that matter.
By getting a tan, making sure your skin is well moisturized, shaving your body hair (guys) and getting a pump at the gym, you can easily make yourself look 10 pounds more muscular and 5 pounds less fat. This is very important when you are doing your Before and After photos.
To illustrate my point, I took these two pictures two days apart:
The picture on the left is just regular old me. I’m not fasted, and I’m not flexing. I’m 177 pounds and my normal body fat levels (Thanks to following the Eat Stop Eat lifestyle). I’m not sticking my gut out, or trying to look miserable (although I took the pic at midnight so I do look a little tired).
The picture on the right is regular old me after a couple tanning sessions, a quick shave of the chest and one really good chest and shoulders workout. I’m still 177 pounds and the same amount of body fat that I was two days before in my before picture.
To keep this experiment honest I did not fast in-between shoots and the only workout I did was the one right before the photo on the right.
As I hope you can see, some well timed pre-photo prep work can do wonders for your before and after pics. And, it is very important that you take this into consideration when viewing any sort of before and after pics. If I could do this in two days, imagine what could be done in 8 weeks.
PS- Both these pics were taken in my house with regular lighting, if I really wanted to make the difference extreme I would have used better lighting in the after photo.