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The truth about those amazing before & after weight loss pics

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Personal trainer reveals the truth

One personal trainer is on a mission to expose the lies of the weight loss industry.

Personal trainer reveals the truth

Want to lose 15 pounds in 15 minutes? It's possible, according to one personal trainer — it's just not permanent.

Mel of MelV Fitness is on a one-woman mission to drop "truth bombs" the weight loss industry doesn't want you to know. Specifically, she wants you to know that the miraculous "before and after" weight loss shots that are taking over Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest are more fiction than fact.

The Australian trainer proved it by posting her own fitness "makeover" shot on Instagram. The secret? Flattering clothes — and even more flattering angles.

In her own words (uncut and unedited):

"Check out my transformation! It took me 15 minutes," she wrote on the Instagram video. "Wanna know my secret? Well firstly I ditched the phonewallet (fwallet) cause that s**t is lame, swapped my bather bottoms to black (cause they're a size bigger & black is slimming), Smothered on some fake tan, clipped in my hair extensions, stood up a bit taller, sucked in my guts, popped my hip - threw in a skinny arm, stood a bit wider #boxgap, pulled my shoulders back and added a bit of a cheeky/I'm so proud of my results smile."

The "transformation" didn't end there.

"Zoomed in on the before pic — zoomed out on the after & added a filter. Cause filters make everything awesome. What's my point? Don't be deceived by what you see in magazines & on Instagram.. You never see the dozens of other pics they took that wernt as flattering. Photoshop can make a pig look hotter then Beyonce."

Does this mean that all body transformation pictures posted online are fake? Not at all. We've seen some pretty amazing women (and men!) show off the results of their hard work on social media, and those results inspire us to ramp up our own routines at the gym. Just don't measure your own self-worth by comparing your body to random "before and after" pictures you find on the web.

After all, no one — and we mean no one — can safely lose 15 pounds and gain a taut, toned body in just 10 days.

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Photo: MelVFitness/Instagram
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