‘Photos you see on Instagram are not a real representation of what people look like’

Friday, 18 August 2017, 11:13:32 AM. FORMER Bachelor star Sam Wood is known for his rig, but even the fitness guru knows how a good angle can work wonders when it comes to showing off a six pack.

Taking to Instagram, the 37-year-old posted a side by side image of his bare torso, in a bid to call out the false “representation” of what people look like on social media.

On the left, Wood looks pale, bloated and a far cry from his famously ripped physique. The image on the right, however, shows a defined six pack, flexed biceps and an obvious glow.

The problem? The photos were taken just five seconds apart.

“Don’t get caught up in what other people look like,” the caption beside Wood’s post read.

“Photos you see on Instagram and other social platforms are not a real representation of what people look like.”

This is me, 5 seconds apart. Don't get caught up in what other people look like. Photos you see on instagram and other social platforms are not a real representation of what people look like. Lighting, posture, a different angle and every other trick in the book are used. If it inspires then it can be a good thing. If it creates an unrealistic comparison or body of desire that effects your feeling of self then it is unhealthy. Be aware of others but not fixated. Spend that time and energy progressing every day and work on being the healthy, happy, best version of YOU! Head to the Facebook page for the full video.

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Wood, who is expecting his first child with fiance Snezana Markoski later this year, said social media users should be aware when trawling Instagram for weight loss inspiration — because a lot of production often goes in to the comparison.

“Lighting, posture, a different angle and every other trick in the book are used,” he wrote.

“If it inspires then it can be a good thing. If it creates an unrealistic comparison or body of desire that effects your feeling of self then it is unhealthy.

“Be aware of others but not fixated. Spend that time and energy progressing every day and work on being the healthy, happy, best version of YOU!”

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Bachelor couple Sam Wood and Snezana Markoski are expecting their first child together. Picture: InstagramSource:Instagram

Fitness blogger Sara Puhto has amassed a 160k following on her Instagram ‘SaggySara’ by posting posed and unposed photos of her body to show the difference lighting, posture and facial expressions can make to an image.

Last month, she posted a side-by-side image while at the beach in a black bikini.

The ‘Reality’ shot shows a more natural, relaxed position; while the ‘Instagram’ shot shows Ms Puhto flexing in a traditional social media pose.

Fitness influencer Kayla Itsines, who has more than 7.2 million followers on Instagram, has a social media feed overloaded with before and after shots of success stories from her exercise program, SWEAT.

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