As some of you are aware, we’re currently in post-production of the first episode of The Vita Effect. Black Trident TV’s new show about health and fitness with a bit of geek culture thrown in.
Over the course of the series, EJ is making a great deal of preparation, particularly in the first phase of the show, which will deal with weight loss and maintaining general health through diet and exercise.
And to start off, I’m going to share with you the tools I’ll be using to both track and execute the process of weight loss. So, if you’re interested in following along, I suggest picking up a bathroom scale and a cloth measuring tape to help track your progress with weight & fat loss.
The term ‘losing weight’ is kind of misnomer. After all, it’s not always weight that you want to lose in order to be fit, but fat. Although measuring body weight isn’t necessarily an accurate measure for fat loss due to the inability to track muscle gain along with fat loss, tracking body weight is of overall importance to the process. Therefore, a weight scale is a necessity. If you don’t already own one, you can usually pick one up from a department store for less than $20.
The idea is that if you were to lose ten pounds of fat, and gain ten pounds of muscle, you would see no difference in body weight. However, the difference would become apparent utilizing the second tool, a cloth measuring tape. The measuring tape is vital to the tracking process to give an accurate idea of your progress. By measuring your neck, chest, waist, both biceps and both thighs and adding up the total inches, you end up with a number that is of greater importance than whatever the scale might tell you. In order to get a good feel for how much muscle you’ve gained and fat you’ve lost, it’s best to use both the scale and measuring tape to measure your progress.
Next, you’re going to want a spreadsheet program like Microsoft Excel, or the free alternatives OpenOffice Calc, or Google Drive Spreadsheets. In my case, I wanted to be able to share my spreadsheets freely, so I opted to use Google Drive.
There are two ways to engage in measurements. You can either measure yourself daily, which can get tiresome, especially with work schedules and responsibilities around the home. I’ve opted instead for taking weekly measurements every Wednesday. Every Wednesday, I take my weight measurement, and then measure my neck, chest, waist, both biceps and both thighs. I then record this information on the spreadsheet and add up my total inches. If you’re anything like me, data collection is invaluable to the process.
There will be an upcoming episode of the Vita Effect that will describe this process in greater detail. But for now, it’s enough to get you prepared.
Be sure to stay tuned later this week for the first episode of the Vita Effect on the Black Trident TV channel.