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The only differrence between these two photos is five seconds

Indy 100 logoIndy 100 23/08/2017 Jessica Brown

© Provided by Independent Print Limited Sam Wood is a personal trainer, and in two photos he’s shown why you should never take a selfie at face value.

Wood took two photos of himself with just five seconds in-between, and the difference is astounding.

He wrote:

Don't get caught up in what other people look like.

Photos you see on instagram and other social platforms are not a real representation of what people look like. Lighting, posture, a different angle and every other trick in the book are used. If it inspires then it can be a good thing. If it creates an unrealistic comparison or body of desire that effects your feeling of self then it is unhealthy. Be aware of others but not fixated. Spend that time and energy progressing every day and work on being the healthy, happy, best version of YOU!

And here's a video Wood posted on Facebook discussing the difference in appearance further:

Wood isn’t the first to point this out of course. Using the hashtag #30secondsbeforeandafter, people have been posting to Instagram to show the difference a 30 seconds posture change and tense can reveal.

Alright, so let me start off by saying it took A LOT of courage for me to post this, but I've been seeing these #30secondtransformation pictures and I find them super inspiring and powerful. Everyone gets bloated and "puffy looking" throughout the day. The majority of pictures you see in the fitness realm of Instagram are of people posing, flexing, and twisting their bodies, and working those angles to look good for the second they take that picture. Usually people like to put their best selves on the internet and only show people the moments where they look good. And that's totally fine! But I'd just like to be real with everyone for a second. This is me completely relaxed, not sucking in or anything vs. me flexing. This is me learning to love myself and my body, whether I just finished working out and feel lean as ever, or just ate a ton of food and feel like a fatty 🤗. These pictures were only taken a few seconds apart, right when I woke up in the morning. So don't get so down on yourself when you see pictures of people more shredded or skinnier than you, because chances are they don't always look like that. Keep working towards your goals and love yourself always. 💕

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PLEASE READ! This is NOT a before and after. This is not the result of 6 months hard work in the gym, these shakes or those pills. Wraps, creams or quick fixes. This is not a 15kg weight difference. This is a 30 second difference. Same girl Same time Same day Different pose. It took me 30 seconds between images to develop toned muscles and ab definition. I changed the lighting, pose and my hair. That is all. It's too easy to scroll through social media or look at commercials and feel insecure. We compare ourselves not only to our friends but to total strangers, not realising we only see what they want us to see. We look at their highlight reel and compare it to our outtakes. There's nothing wrong with having goals, and I work hard on a daily basis to look like the girl on the right. But let me tell ya there's nothing wrong with taking a break from comparison, and happiness doesn't come from trying to change who you are. I'm a firm believer that the reason fitness is so attractive is because it reflects the lifestyle and mindset and usually the type of person someone is. Dedication, persistence, discipline. Let go of expectations and comparisons and appreciate who you are and what you've got. If you choose to change let it be for you and not because you're trying to replicate the results or happiness you believe living the life of someone else would provide. Much love! 💪✌ #30secondbeforeandafter #beforeandafter #fitness #fitoverthin #workout #gym #health #mentalhealth #eatingdisorderrecovery #bpd #selflove #bodypositivity #fit #abs #quads

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⚡⚡️⚡⚡️️️JOIN THE CHALLENGE! Use hashtag #30secondbeforeandafter ⚡⚡⚡️️⚡️️ 🕐 these photos were taken seconds apart 🕓 this is NOT a before and after. Yesterday I saw a post by Becky (@strongisthenewskinny94) comparing two photos of her, side by side, taken only seconds apart and it really got my attention. I decided to do the same thing. In the photo on the left, I'm sticking my stomach full on out, my shoulders are hunched forward, and my legs are pushed together. On the right, I'm standing up straight and in a more flattering pose and flexin' those abs ✋🏻 we create our own reality, we decided what show others, and we believe what we allow ourselves to believe. Lighting, poses, environment are all elements that construct this visual and social space of ours. It's fun to show the highlight reel, but especially in relation to the BBG community, I think it's also important to share our lil nuggets of reality even if it's not so glamorous. Balance is key. Let's have fun, be a lil silly, show off dem muscles, and #keepthatshizreal

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