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How To Take Body Measurements For Weight Loss By Yourself

2020-02-27[templates]

SummaryAs a general rule of thumb, I recommend tracking weight loss measurements every two months. This way, there’s time for enough weight loss to occur to rule out “measurement inconsistencies” when

As a general rule of thumb, I recommend tracking weight loss measurements every two months. This way, there’s time for enough weight loss to occur to rule out “measurement inconsistencies” when measurements go down.

You should be using

other forms of progress tracking

as well, such as

progress pictures

and tracking your weight on the scale. If you’re using these methods, in conjunction with measurements, you won’t need to use your myotape to track weight loss measurements every single month.

However, if you feel like you need to measure yourself more frequently to hold yourself accountable, aim for monthly measurements. Anything less than a month is way too soon to see change.

The more time you let pass in the interim, the more reliable your measurements will be. This is because measurement inconsistencies are less influential if there’s a greater change in inches.

For example, think of a 5 inch difference in your waist, compared to .5 inch difference.

It’s entirely possible that you could have, without realizing, pulled more snug to come up with a loss of .5 inches on your waist. Here, it’s hard to tell if your waist actually got any smaller.

If you pulled your tape measure tighter, by accident, and measured 5 inches, it’s still very clear that you lost body fat around your waist.

As long as your weight is going down, your “trouble spots” should also be getting smaller.

In some cases, weight can stay the same, but measurements can go down. This is because you’re adding muscle to “more favorable” areas, and losing fat from “less favorable” areas.

Related:

Which Weighs More: Fat Vs Muscle?

The whole point of taking weight loss measurements is to track change. This way, if nothing’s changing, you can troubleshoot and determine “why”. Once you find out what’s holding you back, you can change that behavior and see progress with your weight loss.

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