Skip Nav
Healthy Recipes
2-Ingredient Chocolate Chip Banana Ice Cream Bites
Beginner Fitness Tips
Workouts That Give Me Everything Running Promised (but Didn't)
Heading to the NYC Marathon? Here's the Only Travel Guide You Need

Weight Loss Tip: Photograph Your Progress

I feel for you. I do. When you're not at the weight you want, you don't want a camera coming anywhere near you. Getting your picture taken can make you feel unbearably self-conscious, but when it comes to losing weight, seeing what you look like can help you make progress.

Wherever you are on your weight loss road, start today, and take a picture of yourself. If you're up for it, take a picture in a bathing suit or your bra and undies. Don't worry because these are pictures only you will see. As you continue with your weight loss/fitness program, take a picture of yourself every week (or every month like they did in this photo from the September 07 issue of Allure magazine). After a couple of months, you can line up all the photos in a row and actually see your progress. It's truly amazing to see your body transformation in print, since you don't necessarily notice any changes when you're looking in the mirror everyday.

Seeing your weight loss documented like this is also a great way to motivate you to keep working hard. When you can actually see how your efforts have paid off, you're more likely to keep at it.


Join The Conversation
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I wish I would've done this when I lost weight. I always thought it'd be cool to look back on pictures of the incredible shrinking me. I did do weekly measurements though...they seemed to be a better progress indicator than the scale. I think if I would've done it, I would've worn the same/similar clothing so it would REALLY show the difference.
misstsapinay misstsapinay 9 years
I did this when I lost my weight. It really did help :) Kept me motivated to continue on.
Alannah Alannah 9 years
I lost 26 pounds and I wish I'd taken more pictures through the process! I guess it didn't occur to me at the time, but now that I'm at my goal weight I wish I could see exactly where it all came off! I'd also recommend taking measurements instead of just weighing yourself. I lost a lot of inches in my waist and chest and didn't measure when I started or as I lost weight so I don't even know what all I really lost!
chanel-aholic chanel-aholic 9 years
I really should do this, I've lost 180lbs since gastric bypass and I still look in the mirror and feel huge. I'm a size 8 from a size 26! I wish I would have done this more, but I'm gonna start now since I just got a tummy tuck and I plan on loosing a lot more weight.
nicachica nicachica 9 years
what a great tip! i just started working out again since i started a new work schedule (8 am to 4 pm) and i'm a lot more motivated to go to they gym. :) this will help a lot.
georgie2 georgie2 9 years
You know, I read somewhere that heidi klum did this when she was leaving the baby weight... I kept meaning to start this but have been too lazy! This has just given me added motivation!
spaghetina spaghetina 9 years
Forgot to mention, it works best if you always take the photo in the same spot, with your camera placed in the same spot also. That way, the scale of everything stays the same because your distance and angles don't change. Backgrounds don't matter much, except that the brighter and with less shadows that fall on your body the better. You want an accurate picture of your body, not a photoshoot where all your flaws are hidden in strategically placed shadows.
spaghetina spaghetina 9 years
Taking before, during and after photos works GREAT. I'd recommend taking one set in as little as you're comfortable with, and then one set with clothes on. You can start with the same outfit, and keep taking pictures until it doesn't fit you anymore.

I was part of a fitness body transformation group and it was required that we all take photos every week. It was AMAZING to see the changes in people from one week to the next - sometimes I couldn't believe my eyes - and it really is motivating to see your shape change.
tifygodess24 tifygodess24 9 years
I think being in the same bathing suit for every picture would help. I cant really see to big of a difference with this woman because of the clothes.
itsallabouttheg itsallabouttheg 9 years
i keep meaning to do this, but i still haven't gotten around to it.
Allytta Allytta 9 years
i'm doing that. it's the best thing. i actually picked it up from an art project i saw online... when you see yourself fat and stuff on a photo it really makes you wanna lose weight... nothing else stimulates me as much.
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 9 years
maleea...The new workout will show up FAST..I mean, you will change like overnight, if you keep at it.
maleea maleea 9 years
I just started doing this about a month ago. I think the best way to photograph yourself is in your swimsuit or undergarments. This way you don't have clothes to hide your true body shape. I'm slightly disappointed though because I've recently up'ed my workout regimen and have been watching what I eat for the past 4 weeks and I just did a progress photo and don't really see a difference. Maybe in another 4 weeks I'll start to see some progress.
sulli21282 sulli21282 9 years
Are there any tips on the best way to photograph yourself? Should you do it infront of a solid color background, like a white wall or something? And is it good to wear the same thing in every picture or should you mix it up like the woman in the photo did?
SummerBaby SummerBaby 9 years
pic's really do helP! cuz there are times when you are not loosing WEIGHT.. but you are getting smaller.. cuz muscle weighs more then fat.. so stepping on a scale.. well it sometimes makes me sad! cuz I'm still the same.. but then when i look at a pic.. i see that there really is a big difference! :)
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Aww I wish I did this! But, even when I look at past pictures and everything I, I do look great now!
mtiger mtiger 9 years
I totally agree with this...I get so frustrated when I feel like I look the same in the mirror...and the scale's not changing. But taking pictures helps! You can actually see a difference in your body, even if you don't see one on the scale.
From Our Partners
Latest Fitness
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds