What to do if you have a LOT of weight to lose’ is a series of articles dedicated to the seemingly daunting task of losing lots of weight – think 30kg or more. If you are in this boat then this is the strategy for you. Follow the steps week by week and you’ll soon be on the path to a THINNER and (more importantly) HEALTHIER you.

Become a selfie specialist

Monitoring and evaluation – it’s an entire field in academics. And there’s a reason for that.

Monitoring and evaluation is a vitally important part of any process that wants to provide serious results. If you’re doing any long-term project and hoping to achieve something from it then you need to be measuring your results accurately and regularly so that you can ensure that the course of action you have chosen is working, and adjust if not.

Various tools available

In the world of weight loss we have a number of tools that are accessible to the individual dieter who wants to measure progress. The two that are the easiest to self-administer are weighing in via the scale, and the subject of today’s article, photos.

Taking regular (weekly) photos of yourself in your underwear is a fantastic way to get a good idea of where you’re at in your journey. You can compare the photos across the weeks to view your progress, and get a true idea of whether or not you’re winning the battle against body fat.

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The scale – if you’re using it correctly – should be trending generally downwards, and the photos will go a long way to confirming that trend. Between the scale and the photos you’re going to be able to see what’s happening, and plan your diet accordingly. If there’s no change on the scale but you see progress in the photos then you may still be winning because you may be gaining some muscle mass – important for looking good.

The bottom line is that these photos may feel uncomfortable, but they are important. So take them, and become excited as you see yourself get better and better, week by week.

Take a look at more tips from the series “What to do if you have a LOT of weight to lose” below:

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