Measuring Body Dimensions to track Weight Loss

I recently listened to a book on audible by Tim Ferriss called “4 Hour Body” and the talking points in his book are really interesting as it presents new ways that I had never thought of to lose weight and recomposition the body fat / muscle percentage.

Needless to say, I was inspired and motivated to take one of the first steps towards a better body and better health: measuring data points. Tim recommends to just measure anything, because anything is better than nothing.

Some key dimensions he recommends to measure are: upper arms, thighs, navel, waist, and most importantly your weight.

I went to Sears and purchased a Glass Weight Scale by Conair. It was a little more than I wanted to spend but I figured I wanted accurate readings. In my mind, it’s worth it.

In addition, I went to Michael’s and I purchased a tape measure for $1.99

Over the next few months, I will update my my measurements via this public Google Spreadsheet.

I haven’t figured out what algorithm I want to use to calculate my Body Mass Index, but it doesn’t matter at this point. What matters is that I measure the same data points consistently with the same measuring tools, and that I measure my weight when I wake up (after I use the restroom and before I eat).

Lastly, I’m not at the point (at least this week) where I am able to micro manage my food intake due to ‘life’ and time constraints, but I figure I can start with these baseline measurements and go from there. I’m just happy to have the time to be able to write this blog post and start this experiment.



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