The Truth About Before and After Photos

Roni Noone
by Roni Noone
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The Truth About Before and After Photos


If you’ve seen my photos with that headline, it was because I was robbed.

Seriously. A shady diet company lifted my photos off of my website and stuck them on their own with that unrealistic claim. I DID lose 70 pounds but it was over the course of one year. And I’ve kept it off for 10 years now!

I worked really hard to completely change my lifestyle and I’m extremely proud of that. There was no magic pill or potion involved. No special diet. Not even a crazy workout routine. Honestly, the hardest part for me was accepting and loving myself regardless of how much fat my body was carrying. Once I realized that, the eating less and moving more thing didn’t seem as hard as it once did.

So, how do you know when weight-loss claims and photos are real or part of a scam? If there were a safe, effective, simple, fast solution out there, it would be front-page news. We’d all know about it and the inventor would be the richest person on the planet.

But there isn’t.

That said, everyone loves a great weight-loss success story because they are motivating! Check out Joanne’s story. She lost 70 pounds in 18 months, and that sounds very realistic to me. Isn’t it better to know that, if you have patience with yourself, you can get results like these? There’s no fancy lighting or makeup. It doesn’t look like Photoshop had any part in this. Their stories are realistic, and I trust that they are.

If you want to reach a personal weight-loss goal, it is possible, but you aren’t going to find the solution in a bottle, cream or exercise device. You need to look inward, be honest with yourself, and set realistic goals. Your change has to come from self-love, not hate. It takes patience, good decisions about what you put into your body, and movement. Be inspired by the folks who have done the real work in real time. If it sounds too good to be true, it is.

P.S. Read more about how I lost the weight. I’m not selling you a quick fix, I swear. This post just goes into more detail on the five things I had to overcome to find success.

About the Author

Roni Noone
Roni Noone

Co-author of What You Can When You: Healthy Living on YOUR Terms, Roni Noone started blogging in 2005 as a way to help stay accountable on her personal weight-loss journey. She’s been motivating and sharing her passions online ever since. Her mission is simple: Inspire and share her ideas to live a lighter, healthier, more conscious life.


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