Most of you just starting out a weight loss or body transformation journey would hate the idea of taking half-nude photos of yourself in front of a mirror.
I get it.
I really hated taking this photo before I started my own journey.
Which is why it has no head! Kind of weird. But I was really ashamed of associating myself to this physique.
The primary reason I push taking progress photos is — not for your grandmother or for the Instagram community — but for your own visual gratification of seeing progress over time.
It is hard to see subtle changes in your physique over time if you wake up in front of a mirror everyday. If you are starting any kind of meal plan that I teach you how to create — one of the biggest motivations for staying on track is the feedback from progress photos that what you are doing is actually working.
Which is why you really need to take progress photos every 7 to 10 days.
You will then start to build up a photo gallery where you can compare early and current pictures side-by-side and, very quickly, see just how far you have come.
Take this for example.
I was the classic skinny-fat and I hated it. I looked like a complete dork in the photo on the left with that pose. That photo was taken in Dubai. Fake-smiling for the camera but inwardly thinking about my physique and what other people would think of me.
That’s the truth.
I’m glad I allowed photos like that (on the left) to be taken, as uncomfortable as it was at the time.
Here are a list of tips of how to take decent progress photos:
- Be consistent: Use the same camera, lighting, background, settings, etc.
- Take photos at the same time each day (morning, before gym, before meals, etc)
- Opt to use natural light over artificial light.
- Use the timer on your phone if you have no-one else to take the photos for you. Most phones allow a 10 second preset (Samsung S7.)
- Take a video and then pull the still images out of the video! Handy 🙂
- Be honest. If your gut hangs, let it hang! (I know, it is hard to do!)
- Flexed or unflexed. Choose either format and stick to it. Flexing is fun though 🙂
- Take a front-on hands-by-your-side photo, and side-on, and a rear-facing photo.
- Make sure you do a sad face 🙂 It seems like a cliche thing to do with “before” photos these days.
- Take these photos every 7 to 10 days and then hide the photos in the deepest part of your phone or laptop!
That’s all you need to do!
If you need any help or have any questions, please leave them in the comments below. I will be happy to help you out!
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