This is a great question that is being asked more and more frequently now. People are more aware of transformations and ask more questions about what happens after the progress photos are taken.
It really depends!
If you are looking for a photoshoot transformation, it is very unlikely you are going to stay in the photoshoot condition after it. This can be due to water manipulation, restriction in carbohydrates, decrease in calories etc. though saying that, you can still stay in very good shape.
The aftermath of results depends on the transformation itself. If you are very restrictive i.e. very low calories, low carbs and high volume of intense training then you are not going to be able to sustain it for a long period of time. You usually resent the process and go straight back into old habits when the transformation is over.
On the otherhand, if you create a reasonable calorie deficit, take part in quality training and enjoy the process, you are going to get the results and continue with this lifestyle. Another important aspect is slowly increasing your calories back up to maintenance after your transformation.
A great example of this is Kirsty Wallace . She completed her transformation a year ago and has continued to kick ass ever since. She usually checks in with me now and again but she now has the knowledge and know how to do it herself.
(My goal as a personal trainer is to give you the knowledge in training and nutrition so that you don’t need me around, Kirsty is a prime example of this.)
Well done Kirsty!! 💪💪💪