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How to measure weight loss progress

How to measure weight loss progress

Here are 5 ways to measure weight loss progress:

1.  Photos

Take full-body photos of yourself every 6-8 weeks on your journey to permanent weight loss. Take at least three photos of yourself: a front view, side view, and back view. Wear the least amount of clothing possible so you can observe changes in the shape of your body over time.

You may not like the idea of taking your photo now, but if you don’t take it, at some point you’ll probably wish you had.

2.  Measurements

Take circumference measurements every 4-6 weeks. Measure the circumference of your:

Measure the largest part of your:

  • Thigh
  • Upper arm

Keep track of the total number of inches (or centimeters) you have lost so far on your journey to permanent weight loss.

3.  Body Fat

Track changes in your percent body fat. Losing fat is more important than simply losing weight. You can get a rough estimate of your percent body fat using one of the following calculators:

4.  Fat Weight

Use our Fat Weight Lost Calculator to track how much fat weight you have lost (in pounds). Losing weight from fat is more important than simply losing weight.

5.  Scale

Weigh yourself no more than once a week and keep as many factors consistent as possible.
Weigh yourself:

  • On the same day each week.
  • At the same time of day.
  • On the same scale.
  • On the same floor surface.
  • Wearing the same thing.

Weight loss progress is more than just a number on the scale; it’s also about losing body fat and observing changes in the shape of your body.




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