Many of us are in a constant battle with our weight. If only we were slimmer … just a few pounds … all the way up to “Wow! I seriously need to do something about this!”
I tend to fall into the latter category, going back and forth to the gym; eating celery one day and three patties the next (well, it’s all about balance, isn’t it?) Perhaps what we all need to really inspire us is a look into the future. What would we look like if we lost 25, 50, 75 or even 100 pounds? Naturally, there’s an app for that.
The “Visualize You” app allows you to see yourself at a significantly different weight with just a swipe of your finger, using a number of factors to supposedly make the end result quite accurate.
For example, if you want to get a glimpse of what you’d look like at 50 pounds lighter, it won’t just take it off the top of your head, or leave you with cheeks that resemble a cross between dimples and meteor craters. It subtly removes the weight from particular parts of your face for an overall effect.
You’re probably wondering at this point if that swipe only works in one direction; no, it works both ways. This means that if you’re reaching for your 10th donut and wondering how it will impact your visage months down the line, you can swipe to gain weight and witness the majesty of how bad food hurts good people.
As you can imagine, I was fascinated by the concept of this app and simply had to give it a try, particularly as it was free. Hey, I’m a cheap, plump person.
How it works
Well first, you take a deep breath, because photos are going to be involved, and if you’re as keen on seeing yourself in print or on devices as I am, this is a big step.
You’ll either take a new photo, or upload an existing one. I would probably suggest the former, because unless you already have stored images of yourself looking directly into the camera lens, this won’t work very well.
The next thing is to enter your height and weight (yikes), and finally, your target weight. Once you’ve punched in all that information, you move on to the next two stages, which really are the most crucial ones. You’re going to line up guides with your eyes, followed by your chin, cheeks and the corners of your mouth.
After getting all the guides in place, you’re ready for the big reveal! Tap on the right arrow to see yourself at your target weight, where the app encourages you to “save and share your new image to inspire a healthy change.” Want to see yourself slowly getting slimmer or … less slim? Simply slide along the bar at the bottom of the image to see your face inflate and deflate between the “before” and “after” limits.
Just in case you realize at this stage that perhaps your target weight isn’t realistic, the app gives you a chance to change it. Ah, the magic of technology.
When I tried it
I’ve seen myself at my target weight. It was many years ago, but I have a pretty good idea of what I’d look like if I managed to get to it again. What I really need is an app that gives me discipline; like one that swipes between Private Benjamin and G.I. Jane; but I digress.
So I foolishly went into this by immediately taking a new picture of myself using my iPad. No makeup, halo of frizzy hair, an upper lip that could use a waxing … and all at a ghastly Blair Witch Project angle. What can I say? I had no patience – I was eager to see myself converted to Kim Kardashian; or at this rate, Bruce Jenner.
I moved the guides into place (you can zoom in and out, as well as turn or move your image to fit as accurately as possible), and then prepared for the “ta-da” moment.
There it was, the slimmer me on the screen, looking like I’d had my jaw shaved down with a chisel that had slipped in the hands of whatever woodcarver had worked on my left cheek. Clearly I had not taken the proper care to move those guides into place earlier. I was in serious danger of resembling an alien – all huge round skull with an elongated inverted triangle for a face.
That, coupled with the fact that I’d taken no care in my appearance when snapping the original photo, completed the picture of an alien addicted to crystal meth.
As much as I might have been curious to see what would happen if I threw caution to the winds and lived on a diet of KFC and canned cream for six months, I was so disenchanted with the view of myself slimmer, that the prospect of adding another 30 pounds to my already zaftig frame gave me definite pause.
I bayed with laughter at the idea of sharing my slimmed down photo with the general public, as it would actually deter others from getting healthy, and almost serve as a cautionary tale to anyone considering losing weight.
Of course we have to recognize the limitations of these tools and apps, and not take what we see before us as gospel.
Try to get those guides in place as accurately as you can for the best results. This app is free, and certainly fun to try, but if the picture of you at your goal weight has you recoiling in horror, take it as you should – an incentive to actually start eating healthier food and exercising, and stop wasting your time with apps. Just do it!
- Cost: Free
- Seller: Visual Health Solutions Inc.
- Devices: iPhone 5 and higher, iPad 3 and higher
- Rating: T for Teen