A Guide for Taking Before Photos on the 21-Day Shred

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21-day shred

So you're shredding? Great!

One great way to track your progress is to take measurements and before and after photos. As much as you might hate the thought of taking your picture or wrapping a measuring tape around your body, the differences you’ll see in the next 3 weeks will motivate you! Additionally, taking your measurements can help reassure you that things are happening even if you’re not seeing movement on the scale. We have even provided you with an easy, printable Before + After Measurement Worksheet on page 10 (if you’re significant other is joining you on the 21-Day Shred, we also provided a male version of the Before + After Measurement Worksheet on  page 11) to easily record your information. So grab a tape measure and your camera and let’s get started!

Neck: Starting at the center of your neck, wrap the measuring tape around your neck to meet in the center again.

Bust: Standing straight up, wrap the measuring tape around your back and across the fullest part of your breasts at nipple height. Pull the measuring tape as tight as you can without changing the shape of your breasts. If things start to squish, you’ve gone too far.

Arms: Measure your bicep by wrapping the measuring tape at the point halfway between your elbow and your armpit. Keep your arm relaxed to get a measurement of the arm in a natural state. Measure each bicep and record the numbers separately.

Waist: Wrap the measuring tape around your mid-section at the smallest part of your natural waist. It should wrap flat around your back and meet 1/2 inch to 1 inch above your belly button.

Hips: Measure your hips by placing the measuring tape right above the pubic bone at hip level. Wrap the tape around your bottom so you are measuring the widest area of the hips.

Thighs: Wrap the measuring tape around your thigh at the thickest area of the muscle. Measure each thigh and record the numbers separately.

Calves: Measure your calf muscle by wrapping the measuring tape around the thickest area of the muscle. Measure each calf and record the numbers separately.

TAKING BEFORE + AFTER PHOTOS TIPS:

•  Wear something that shows your body. For instance, a bikini or a sports bra and shorts.

• Make certain to take a full body shot in portrait mode.

•  Stand facing the camera, feet hip-width apart, hands resting at sides (don’t suck it in!).

•  Make sure to pick a spot that is not cluttered (stand in front of a neutral-colored wall) and has enough lighting. Take your before and after shots in the exact same spot.

•  If you’d like, take a side view and back view.