Journalist Debunks Weight Loss Gimmicks

The next time you’re awake at 3 a.m., phone in hand, finger hovering over the keypad as you squint to read the number to order the latest infomercial weight loss gizmo, think of Andrew Dixon. Fed up with hearing about “the next amazing diet or exercise program,” the Huffington Post journalist decided to do a little experiment to see if he could replicate the results of the “before” and “after” shots always shown alongside the weight loss product – you know, where the once overweight couch potato transforms himself into a sculpted Greek god.

Oddly enough, Dixon succeeded, the result being two photos of himself seen above – one with a gut and one with some rippling pecs and abs. The catch: the photos were taken within an hour of each other.

How’d he do it? In his own words: “I was feeling particularly bloated on the day, so I asked my girlfriend to take a before shot. I then shaved my head, face and chest … I did a few push ups and chin ups, tweaked my bedroom lighting, sucked in, tightened my abs and BOOM! We got our after shot.”

The moral: who needs diet and exercise when you have a razor and overhead lighting?

And also this:

“Forget about the quick transformations and focus on a life of healthy eating, well-managed stress levels, quality sleep and plenty of movement,” Dixon writes. “Don’t beat yourself up if you eat a cookie, just enjoy that cookie and everything else life has to offer.”

To read Dixon’s full story, click here.

Source: The Huffington Post