101 Tips to lose fat and get lean: Take photos
They say that the camera never lies. Let me tell you that it is about the only truly reliable medium by which to be 100% certain of your real fat loss progress.
The mirror plays tricks on you – every mirror ever owned by a woman adds 20lbs and every mirror ever owned by a man suddenly turns him into Conan!
The weighing scale is no friend either. If you are lucky enough to have a great personal trainer (cough, cough!) then you may not actually lose all that much body weight despite losing a heck of a lot of body fat. On our 6 week rapid fat loss programmes many of our male clients lose only about 5-10 lbs of overall body weight despite losing 20lbs plus of fat! This is because their body composition has made a paradigm shift towards holding muscle at the expense of fat. They may weigh almost the same but they definitely look and feel a whole lot better!
The other solid option for measuring fat loss progress is if you work with an experienced personal trainer who really knows how to use a pair of calipers. Charles Poliquin says that it takes about 3,000 measurements to become proficient with calipers so do make sure that if you use them you are working with a competent practitioner. Moreover, if your coach gets out a pair of cheap plastic Accumeasure type calipers tell him / her not to waste your time. To ensure proper accuracy they need to be using medical grade calipers of the type put out by Harpenden. In fact the absolute best person to gauge your body fat losses would be a good BioSignature Modulation expert. We will delve into the magic of BioSignature in a later Fat Loss Tip.
So when it comes down to it, the simplest and best method for assessing your continued fat loss progress is to take regular photos. As I said earlier the (un-photo shopped)camera never lies, and you would be astounded by how small improvements creep up on you unseen and accumulate into remarkable body transformations!