Fit Tip: Track Your Progress Through Photos

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12.9.14TrackYourProgressThroughPhotos.jpgA before and after photo of a weight loss journey or muscle-building plan is common. But what about taking a weekly photo of yourself from the beginning all the way through your transformation instead? These simple shots will keep you motivated, track your progress, and help you reach your end goals.

Why Capture My Progress Weekly?

Good question. Frankly, photos are a wake up call.  Nobody wants to stand in front of a lens and bare all, but facing reality is the best way to finally do something big for your health. If your plan is to take only two photos—before and after—you can easily lose sight of your mission in the months between. Seeing the visual changes will have a big impact on your psyche and keep you excited to continue to work hard!

How To Take The Best Photos

  • First, choose a day of the week and time of the day you will always be able to take your photo on to ensure consistency.
  • Next, pick a backdrop that you will use for every single photo. The spot should be free of clutter and distraction such as a solid colored wall or door.
  • For clothing, the stomach and waist (a common “trouble” area) needs to be visible. Women should wear shorts and a sports bra, and men should remove their shirt and wear shorts.
  • Pose like a pro. Take three photos: front, side, and back. Keep your hands at your side in all three and avoid flexing or sucking in your stomach.
  • Finally, selfies don’t always work the best here. Recruit a family member or put your camera on timer and set on a ledge or tripod. Landscape (that’s up and down) is the best shot to see you from head-to-toe.

What do you say? Are you camera ready to schedule a weekly snap session with yourself?

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