How do you measure progress?
When it relates to fitness and health, many people turn to the scale. However, the scale can be deceiving. Everyone has heard that muscle weighs more than fat, and believe it or not it does; so even if the scale does not move, you still might be making progress. So how do you measure progress then?
Taking pictures of yourself when you're uncomfortable with your body is hard. It's hard to see yourself in an imperfect light. You might not want to memorialize the parts of your body that you're uncomfortable with, HOWEVER, it is important that you do.
When you take progress pictures, you will be able to see changes in your body way quicker than if you rely on a scale. You will be able to see areas of your body that gain muscle and lose fat. It is impossible to do that with a scale. It is hard to see slight changes in our own bodies that happen daily, but with progress pictures we can look back and see progress we didn't know existed.
Okay, so now that you're convinced, let me tell you how to take these pictures.
Step 1: Pick 1 day a week that you will take your picture.
The frequency of these pictures is less important than the fact that you take them at the same time every time you take them. If you want to take a picture every day, go for it. If you're more comfortable with once a month, that's cool too. I recommend taking pictures on a Friday morning. Monday morning might seem more logical, however, if you had a little too much fun during the weekend that might show in your pictures. If you take your progress pictures on Friday, you are more likely to be in your regular schedule of working out and eating right. I also recommend taking the picture first thing in the morning. If you need a reminder, set an alarm on your phone. I know this seems like a lot of thought to go into one picture, but this will give you the most accurate results.
Step 2: Choose an outfit.
The best thing to wear is something tight fitting that allows you to see your body. As much skin as your comfortable with is preferable. You want to be able to actually see your results.
Step 3: Pick a spot.
Not only do you need to take your picture at the same time, but you should also take it in the same place. Different locations with different light can be deceiving and might not allow you to see some of the changes you're making.
Step 4: Take the picture.
I know, this is the scary part, BUT, remember this is for YOU. No one else has to see this picture unless you want them to. Remember to take multiple pictures from different angles! Whether you are trying to lose 5 or 50 pounds, progress pictures can show you how far you've come on the days where it seems as though you're stuck in a rut.