Experts Reveal How Fitness Influencers Get Their Fast Results

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Experts have ostensibly “natural” fitness influencers who “cheat” online followers — revealing how to spot a fake.

All too often, signs of a ‘tweakment’ are hard to see in photos, so influencers can get away with pretending an improved body is their own.

Speaking to FEMAIL, cosmetic surgeon Dr. Paul Banwell explains that the problem is caused by social media, which emphasizes appearance rather than actual physical well-being.

He said: ‘We live in a digital world that is very image-oriented and we sometimes forget the real reason why it is important to include exercise in our lives – for our health and for our mental well-being.

“I think cosmetic surgery is becoming more and more common in the fitness industry, where people’s bodies are their USP. Unfortunately, I think it’s all too common for fitness influencers to – sometimes even unintentionally – mislead their audience.

Whether they use filters to alter the shape and appearance of their bodies and faces, have undergone a range of cosmetic procedures from surgery to adjustments to get the look they have, or even distort their body shape using camera angle tricks when creating of photos.

“So we are now in a world where we are constantly bombarded with body image ideals that are not natural or necessarily achievable.”

Experts have ostensibly “natural” fitness influencers who “cheat” online followers — revealing how to spot a fake. Above is a file image illustrating some of the procedures most commonly performed by women. There is no suggestion that the model has undergone surgery

WHY DO INFLUENCERS HAVE TWEAKMENTS?

Dr Banwell said some influencers, such as regular social media users, have distorted their ideas about the ‘perfect’ body by seeing so many images of altered physique.

Others may want to elevate themselves above the competition to secure lucrative brand sponsorship or partnership deals.

He said: “I think the desire for sponsorship, selling merchandise and gaining followers plays an important role in influencers’ decision to stop being natural, but I think another big influence is the role of social media for disseminating images of people with so-called ‘perfect’ bodies which are then considered the norm.

“It means that influencers, like other people, use these as a measure of normality, when that’s not the norm for most people.”

American TV Personal Trainer Jillian Michaels, founder of the Jillian Michaels’ app, agreed, saying, “Money is a huge motivator in all industries and getting it into the fitness industry can be difficult.

“The fitness industry is one of the most competitive, so naturally younger people trying to break through will try to find a way to stand out. When you get the paid post for a protein powder or recovery drink with huge muscles, many young people are naturally tempted to go down this road.’

However, she noted that while social media offers people a new platform to promote their “superhuman” physiques, “selling snake oil in fitness and nutrition is an age-old practice.”

Television personality Jillian Michaels said men on steroids appear to have bloated muscles and their skin looks more leathery.  There is no suggestion that the male model has used steroids

Television personality Jillian Michaels said men on steroids appear to have bloated muscles and their skin looks more leathery. There is no suggestion that the male model has used steroids

HOW TO DISCOVER TWEAKMENTS

dr. Banwell explained some tweaks like anti-wrinkle injections and fillers are subtle, while others like breast augmentation or liposuction are more obvious.

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Jillian said that men who have improved their appearance stand out because they often have muscles that look bloated. Here are some tell-tale signs:

  • ‘Superhero’ muscles, especially shoulders that look ‘bloated’
  • The skin looks tight and leathery
  • Disproportionate muscle mass, which can create a cartoonish look
  • Sometimes men get gynecomastia – this is an enlargement of the breast tissue that causes the nipples to point down
  • Acne and stretch marks are common side effects

Jillian said: ‘In women, the butt implants/butt injections are the most common. This was obviously done to get that bubble butt look. I also see removal of the lower rib to make their waste look small.

“It’s a cartoonish look from the narrow waist and huge booty that would give it away. If a girl is very thin and has little body fat, it is highly unlikely that she will have a huge ass – which requires a fair amount of body fat.”

She said that men who have improved their appearance stand out because they often have muscles that look bloated.

Jillian said: ‘When it comes to men, the most common thing you see on social media is extreme hypertrophy (superhero muscles). And this is achieved by steroids. Men can definitely build beautiful muscular bodies, but that extremely large look – where the shoulders look puffed up – comes from steroids.”

“If someone looks superhuman, they are. Steroids have some very obvious tell-tale signs. Often the skin looks pulled and leathery. There is disproportionate musculature, which can create a cartoonish look. For example, the shoulders are huge and extend wider than the triceps, or a man will get huge falls.

“Sometimes men get gynecomastia — that’s an enlargement of the breast tissue that makes the nipples point down. Acne and extreme stretch marks are also signs, but these would probably be featured in a social post.”

Vlad Yudin, director of the bodybuilding documentary series Generation Iron, explained that it can be difficult to tell who is natural just by looking at pictures.

“People are very quick to accuse someone of lying on social media, but the truth is it’s hard to tell just by looking at a photo and making that judgment. It is important to note that the use of steroids for fitness purposes is illegal in the US.’

Peter said that many people are not aware that they can't achieve the same look as their favorite influencer naturally, because titles like

Peter said that many people are not aware that they can’t achieve the same look as their favorite influencer naturally, because titles like “how to get big biceps in 30 days” make people easily buy products or fitness plans. file image

THE DANGER OF TWEAKMENTS

Peter said that many people are not aware that they can’t achieve the same look as their favorite influencer naturally, because titles like “how to get big biceps in 30 days” make people easily buy products or fitness plans.

“The real danger is what it can do to people’s mental health in the long run,” said Peter.

dr. Paul added: ‘The pandemic and the associated lockdown have definitely highlighted the Body Dysmorphic Disorder as people are more aware of their bodies than ever before.

‘You can have cosmetic treatments and it makes you feel better, but we have to make sure that these demands are not unreasonable.

Personal trainer Jillian Michaels on American TV

Personal trainer Jillian Michaels on American TV

“You can have real problems and still have a Body Dysmorphic Disorder, and people with a Body Dysmorphic Disorder do have problems that need to be corrected, but they aren’t always happy with that correction.

“There’s a spectrum of mental health issues, from a mild desire to improve one’s appearance and feel better, to real-life mental health problems with depression, and so on.

“But then you could have Body Dysmorphic Disorder, which is another problem with abnormal perceptions of a body part. Some of these people need treatment and have the right to want treatment, but are still not happy after that.

“If a surgeon or esthetician were to discover something of concern about abnormal perception or unrealistic expectations, I would refer them to our psychologist, Gaylin Tudhope. And it can be done better with therapy.’

HOW TO HANDLE IT?

dr. Paul said: ‘I think it’s important to normalize conversations around surgical procedures, no matter who we are. Celebrities, in particular, have a platform from which they can help people make informed and informed decisions instead of letting them try to make them under a veil of secrecy.

For example, Angelina Jolie’s openness about her preventive double mastectomy and subsequent breast reconstruction has helped many women around the world overcome their fears of what can often be life-saving surgeries.

That said, I personally know that patient confidentiality is key and it’s important to remember that influencer or not, everyone has insecurities and things they may want to change with surgery – it may not be something they therefore wanting to talk about it openly and that’s good too.’

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