The key is consistency. That’s it. Measure in the exact same places every time. Here’s what I like to do. The morning or the day before my next workout program begins I wake up and take my measurements before anything else happens. If you work out, eat or have coffee, your body will be inflamed and/or swelled. This will give you an inaccurate measurement. In order to be consistent, please make it the first thing you do.
Begin by stepping on the scale. It really is a love hate relationship, but she’s honest and tells you the facts. Step on, see the number on the scale, take it in, and then write it down. I like to use the same little notebook everytime. That way I can flip back and look at my gains anytime I want.
Put the date at the top of the page and write down your weight. Then write in chest, hips, stomach, thigh, bicep and calf. Then pull out your handy dandy measuring tape and measure those areas. If you click the video you’ll be able to see how i do it.
**Remember, this is not to be used for measurements for clothes or a bridesmaid dress. It’s just to show you a simple way to take consistent measurements in between programs. Please see a professional for your clothing needs. I am NOT that person.
The scale might not move between now and when you finish your program. But that’s okay! There’s a few reasons this could occur. Muscle weighs more than fat. Muscle is SUPER dense and the more muscle you have the more your metabolism increases.
So with that being said, you could weigh 146lbs and fit into a size 6 one month and then can weigh 146lbs and fit into a size 12 another month. I’ve personally been there done that. But how can that be?? It just meant I had significantly more muscle than fat. I was lean and trim and had a lot less inches on my body. See! Inches mean everything! Another reason it’s so important to take your before and after measurements.