Have you ever wondered at those "get ripped in 5 easy lessons" ads and how true they might be? Well, I thought I'd illustrate just a bit as to how what you see isn't necessarily what you get. Here's an ad that just showed up on my feed. BIG difference, right? Maybe ... they actually have something worth buying ...
Or do they? I'll ignore what I thnk is subtle photoshopage on the abs of the pic on the right because the basics are believable. The story is that the guy with the big gut worked out with the program (AND YOU CAN TOO!) and got transformed into the hunk on the right:
The reason I'm kind of dubious is I know what a differnce posture can make. And since the proof is in the pudding, here's your humble cartoonist, both before and after:
By "before" I mean a few seconds before I took the picture on the right. The difference? In the right I'm in my usual posture (unless I'm splayed out on the couch). On the left I did a few things. I collapsed my spine. Major slumping. I pushed out my diaphragm, putting my stomach waaaay to the front. I pulled in my chin, accentuating any jowliness. And I moved my arm back to hide the fact that it's actually my back being contorted into an S shape that's making my gut look so big.
Those love handles you can see on the left pic? Well, they're real (blush). My excuse is Covid and I'm sticking to it.
Just another example of what you see being often less than what you get!