I Was An Infomercial Guinea Pig (And It Was Awful)

The first part of the process were measurements, weigh-ins, and the most embarrassing photo shoot ever for the “before” pictures.

Look at this photo of me, wearing something I’d never be caught dead in. I was told to pretend to be sad. I am not pretending like I’m sad…I’m really sad. There are half a dozen strangers in the studio watching me as I’m having this picture taken. “Let it all hang out!” someone yelled. I did.

No one likes being photographed while being told to stick out their gut in an unflattering swimsuit.

Each morning upon our arrival to the gym, we would receive a bag of food that would tide us over until the next day. Each week the diet would vary to help expedite the results. The first week we were on a lean low carb high protein “cleanse”-1,200 calories a day. Bland chicken, veggies, broth, plain egg white omelets. After the cleanse portion was over, our calories and meals were between 1,200-1,400 and varied upon the individual. These provided meals never seemed to be enough, a lot of the ladies in the locker room would talk about pairing a chicken breast with a slice of pizza, or replacing a meal with a bottle of wine, or eating candy in lieu of dinner. At first I was all about sticking to the diet.

“We will know if you stray off of this program! Your results will show us the truth!” chanted the two women were the liaisons/cheerleaders between us and trainer. They would give us pep talks and advice if we needed help.

The training sessions were Monday through Fridays, at 10:00am. I know it’s not that early, but I am NOT a morning person, so I was half asleep upon arrival. But I was determined!

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity ladies! People would kill to be in your position.” This became a mantra yelled at us during every workout.

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    • Cat

      I always wondered if those before and after shots were real!! Thanks for the inside look. Sounds terrifying/awesome.

    • Trish

      Do you have a job? How is having to be at the gym at 10am on weekdays difficult? I have to assume you are still a college student or something. Only college students think 10am is early.

      • http://twitter.com/sarahannelloyd Sarah Anne Lloyd

        I’ve been out of college for a few years and 10 a.m. still feels early for me a lot of the time :( Especially for anything demanding at all, like a rigorous workout.

      • mm

        I feel you, girl. I haaaaated having a full-time job where I had to be at work by 9 every day. Now that I’m back in school I have not one class that starts before 12, and on my work days I start at 10, which is still painful. I don’t even feel awake until 7:00 pm. Trish is mean. Obviously adults deal with getting to work in the morning no matter how much it sucks BUT…some people are morning people, some are not. That has absolutely nothing to do with how old you are.

      • curiouschick

        So your regular job doesn’t start until after 10?

      • http://twitter.com/sarahannelloyd Sarah Anne Lloyd

        I’ve been out of college for a few years and 10 a.m. still feels early for me a lot of the time :( Especially for anything demanding at all, like a rigorous workout.

    • Kelly

      Very interesting! Any one else thinking she is talking about Tracy Anderson?

    • http://www.facebook.com/spockish Erynn Petrulis

      I thought your before picture was pretty…

    • http://www.facebook.com/spockish Erynn Petrulis

      I thought your before picture was pretty…

    • http://www.facebook.com/spockish Erynn Petrulis

      I thought your before picture was pretty…

    • http://www.facebook.com/spockish Erynn Petrulis

      I thought your before picture was pretty…

    • http://www.facebook.com/spockish Erynn Petrulis

      I thought your before picture was pretty…

    • http://www.facebook.com/spockish Erynn Petrulis

      I thought your before picture was pretty…

    • http://www.facebook.com/spockish Erynn Petrulis

      I thought your before picture was pretty…

    • http://www.facebook.com/spockish Erynn Petrulis

      I thought your before picture was pretty…

    • http://www.facebook.com/spockish Erynn Petrulis

      I thought your before picture was pretty…

    • http://www.facebook.com/spockish Erynn Petrulis

      I thought your before picture was pretty…

    • http://www.facebook.com/spockish Erynn Petrulis

      I thought your before picture was pretty…

    • http://www.facebook.com/spockish Erynn Petrulis

      I thought your before picture was pretty…

    • besides

      so sometimes she is into the program and sometimes she is against it. sounds like she needs to seek counseling. she was free to leave at anytime but came back just to rebel then participate at times… i’m confused.

    • besides

      so sometimes she is into the program and sometimes she is against it. sounds like she needs to seek counseling. she was free to leave at anytime but came back just to rebel then participate at times… i’m confused.

    • besides

      so sometimes she is into the program and sometimes she is against it. sounds like she needs to seek counseling. she was free to leave at anytime but came back just to rebel then participate at times… i’m confused.

    • besides

      so sometimes she is into the program and sometimes she is against it. sounds like she needs to seek counseling. she was free to leave at anytime but came back just to rebel then participate at times… i’m confused.

    • besides

      so sometimes she is into the program and sometimes she is against it. sounds like she needs to seek counseling. she was free to leave at anytime but came back just to rebel then participate at times… i’m confused.

    • besides

      so sometimes she is into the program and sometimes she is against it. sounds like she needs to seek counseling. she was free to leave at anytime but came back just to rebel then participate at times… i’m confused.

    • besides

      so sometimes she is into the program and sometimes she is against it. sounds like she needs to seek counseling. she was free to leave at anytime but came back just to rebel then participate at times… i’m confused.

    • besides

      so sometimes she is into the program and sometimes she is against it. sounds like she needs to seek counseling. she was free to leave at anytime but came back just to rebel then participate at times… i’m confused.

    • besides

      so sometimes she is into the program and sometimes she is against it. sounds like she needs to seek counseling. she was free to leave at anytime but came back just to rebel then participate at times… i’m confused.

    • besides

      so sometimes she is into the program and sometimes she is against it. sounds like she needs to seek counseling. she was free to leave at anytime but came back just to rebel then participate at times… i’m confused.

    • besides

      so sometimes she is into the program and sometimes she is against it. sounds like she needs to seek counseling. she was free to leave at anytime but came back just to rebel then participate at times… i’m confused.

    • jamiepeck

      You looked good in a bikini already. This sounds like a nightmare!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003550070412 Laura Brian

      Losing weight and sticking to any workout routine is going to be hard in any situation. I’ve been doing it on my own and would kill to have a ruthless trainer…she WAS lucky.

    • G.L.

      Thanks for sharing your experience! This was a really interesting article to read.

    • Kat

      Personally i think your body in the purple bikini (before picture) looks healthy. You just need to wear a high waisted pant bikini with thicker straps (no spaghetti straps) and one which lifts up your breasts, then you’ll look much better and feel confident.

      Those quick fix starvation diets and excessive exercise regimes last for only a short time then when people have lost the weight, they will, almost definitely gain it all back, even being heavier than when they first started. It just isn’t healthy or manageable, or smart.