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Beyond Body Weight - Tracking Measurements to Transform Your Body

Updated on August 22, 2014

Stop tracking body weight only and learn exactly how to track your body changes

Tracking body weight alone is not enough. Learn which other body metrics to start measuring to really understand how your body is changing over time and track your progress towards health and fitness goals. Body tracking is a great way to stay motivated and learn about your body and what works specifically for you.

Why measuring body weight isn't enough

Body weight is an easy and popular metric to track. All you need is a pair of scales and you’re good to go.

However, there’s a problem with only tracking body weight; whilst weight is correlated with good health it has major limitations. Mainly, body weight alone provides no insight into actual body composition. That is, what your body weight is actually made up of. It won’t tell you what proportions of your weight is fat vs lean body mass.

To get real insight into your make-up and the progress you’re making you need to track more…

What else should you be tracking?

We would still recommend tracking body weight, but would also highly advise recording the following –

1. Body fat percentage
2. Body measurements
3. Progress pics

Body Fat Percentage

By tracking your body fat percentage you will be able to calculate what proportion of your body weight is fat (and therefore what proportion is lean body mass i.e. muscle tissue, bone and everything else!). Many people want to reduce body fat percentage whilst increasing lean body mass, and this is exactly why body weight only is a terrible single metric to track - you have no insight into composition! In fact, body weight might actually increase whilst body fat levels are dropping (due to increase in muscle tissue!).

Taking Body Measurements

Another form of body tracking Fitstream recommends is to record body measurements. All you need is a regular body measurement tape and you can track size changes in your body such as; biceps, waist, chest, bust, thigh, calf, and neck. It’s cheap, quick and easy to do!

Taking Progress Pics

Finally, in addition to taking measurements our last recommendation would be to take progress photos of your body (make sure you take the photos under the same conditions each time for comparison).

Take front, back and side body shots and add these to your fitness journal too. Progress pics are a very quick and visual way of actually seeing how your body is changing over time and can be very motivational.


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