Set measurable goals

You must have a way to objectively measure your progress; otherwise you'll never know whether you've actually reached your goals or not. The mirror is definitely a useful tool, because ultimately the only thing that really matters is that you're happy with the way you look. However, because you perceive changes in your body so subjectively, (and it's sort of like watching the grass grow), it's also helpful to have other ways to measure your results.

The scale is also a useful tool, but it doesn't give you 100% of the feedback you need. You shouldn't be as interested in how much you weigh as in how much body fat you have. The ideal method to measure your progress is body composition testing. Body fat can be easily measured using a skinfold test. Chapter three will discuss body composition testing methods in more detail and chapter four will teach you how to chart your progress and interpret the results.

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