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Secrets Concealed by "Before-&-After" Photos
by Ron Brown, author of
The Body Fat Guide

You may have seen a picture showing some winners of the Body of Work Physique Transformation Contest, sponsored by a supplement company. These people obviously worked very hard for 12 weeks, dieting and exercising to improve their bodies. They deserve congratulations! But, there is something these impressive photos do not reveal. Can you guess what it is?

Before-&-after photos alone can't reveal if a person has the skill to keep fat off! Statistically, the odds are over 19:1 that all these people will gradually return to the body fat level in their before-photo! Some will return a lot less gradually than others!

Depressing, isn't it? But, it doesn't have to be that way when one applies the principles of weight management. However, one doesn't acquire these skills just by going on a 12-week diet or by swallowing so-called fat-burning supplements The skills necessary to keep body fat off are very different then dieting.

Unfortunately, the company that runs the contest and guides the contestants' training and dieting (including selling them the company's supplements) doesn't also provide them with a guide to the principles of weight management. Where can you learn these principles and improve your long-term slim chance? Right here at

Additionally, the company shows a picture of a fellow who claims to have gained 32 pounds of fat-free muscle in 12 weeks. But, fitness expert Covert Baily says the maximum amount of muscle a person can synthesize in one week, without also gaining fat, is one pound. Assuming the company's claims are verifiable, what is the explanation for this fellow's spectacular rate of muscle gain...besides taking steroids?

People who have burned off large amounts of muscle mass while crash dieting or fasting often quickly regain muscle mass when they increase their calorie intake. Sometimes referred to as muscle memory, this rate of rapid muscle mass replenishment should not be confused with new muscle growth. It takes much longer to gain new levels of muscle mass than it does to regain mass you recently burned off.

Did this fellow burn off lots of muscle previous to the shooting of his before-photo? Who knows for sure? But, although he should be commended for working hard to achieve his gain, it would be deceptive to think he could sustain such a rapid rate of growth beyond mere replenishment of previously burned-off muscle. Once muscle is fully replenished, trying to force an accelerated rate of muscle gain at the same pace will probably make you fat! For more information see: Muscle Mass Myths.