One Pound Closer Tip #7

The One Pound Closer Tip is explained here.

Use Your Camera To Lose Weight

Taking pictures of yourself is an excellent strategy to help you lose and keep off unwanted pounds. The key to using this strategy effectively is knowing:

  • Why you should take pictures of yourself,
  • What type of pictures to take, and
  • Where to put your pictures

Why you should take pictures of yourself

    • To compare yourself now to your “best” self – It is much easier to compare a current picture of yourself to your high school graduation picture, than it is to compare the way you currently look in the mirror to your high school graduation picture. Most people do not realize how much bigger they are, until they see visual proof.


    • To chronicle your weight loss journey – Looking in the mirror, you will not realize the changes in your body because you are losing fractional pounds every day. However, if you take a picture every two weeks or every month, you will see the visual changes in your body. Looking at these pictures will keep you motivated when you are feeling discouraged.


  • To remind yourself of where you are and where you want to go – Looking at pictures of your current self will help you keep your focus when you forget that you are overweight. Look at your pictures before you eat something you are not supposed to, or before you decide to skip a planned workout.

What type of picture should you take

In your picture:

  • You should wear clothing that is as revealing as you feel comfortable
  • You should be in a well lit environment
  • You should write down the date
  • You should write down your weight and/or your body measurements

You should consider having someone else take your pictures because this will make your pictures will look better.

Where to place your picture

Do not take these pictures and keep them stored in your camera. Get them developed. Put them in strategic locations such as:

  • On your refrigerator
  • In your wallet
  • In your cell phone
  • On your desk at your home or job
  • In your day planner
  • Your computer’s screensaver
  • Anywhere you will see them often

Remember that these are the pictures of the current you. So, do not be ashamed of them. The future you will be healthier and thinner.

**Please consult your physician, registered dietitian, or certified fitness professional before starting or changing your diet or exercise program.**

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