Personal trainer and Instagram users show how to achieve your 'dream body' -- within minutes

18 August 2014 / 2 years 2 months ago

So, it takes no diet and not even hours sweating in the gym. You don’t even have to go for a jog every day.

No, all you need to do to get rid of this annoying spare tire and look like those impossibly well-shaped cover girls is a bit of skill in using your phone’s camera.

Now, you can do that, right? But what exactly are these skills you need, reports Vamshare.

Enter Melanie Ventura — an Australian personal trainer — who posted last year her own dramatic “transformation” pictures on her Instagram account, prompting a wave of copycat attempts.

“Wanna know my secret?” she asked in the before and after images, before going through her list of tricks.

So, Melanie switched her too-tight red bikini bottoms to a more flattering and well-fitted black pair, put on some fake tan, clipped in hair extensions and topped it all with a “cheeky” smile.

She also stood up taller, sucked in her stomach, pulled her shoulders back and took a wider stance, popped her hip and “threw in a skinny arm”.

And then came the photo part. Melanie zoomed in on her “before” image and zoomed out on the “after” pic and added a filter, “cause filters make everything awesome”.

She then declared that such tricks, very common in the fitness industry, “can make a pig look hotter than Beyonce”.

Melanie says that soon after she posted the images on Instagram, a weight-loss company named stole the pics and started using them to advertise its products.

The company even added this fake testimony: “Lost 5kgs thanks to the 218-Day Teatox… Love you guys! I feel amazing! Will definitely buy again and refer friends! xoxo.”

Melanie explains why she’s doing it: “What’s my point? Don’t be deceived by what you see in magazines and on Instagram.”

Then she offers her own advice on how to really change your body: “learn about food, come up with an achievable plan and most importantly enjoy how you exercise and live your life”.

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