I need to know how exactly to measure my weight loss and muscle growth. I have one of those measuring tapes but I have absolutely no idea on how to use them. I don't know what to measure.
I am a 26 year old guy. I weigh I think 185 lbs and I am about 5'10 or 5'10.5 height wise. I am getting tired of feeling like crap and low energy so I am going to start exercising and keep my diet on control... Which I have a plan for currently (but I don't mind any advice whatsoever, so if you got any, feel free to share).
I want to get to about 155 or 160 lbs if possible 'cause that's what I was at when I used to work out regularly about 5 years back. I will think about bulking or leaning out when I get at that weight. I just want to lose weight at this point.
I basically want to know what parts of my body should I measure for weight loss and how should I go about doing it.
I also want to know what parts of my body I should measure for muscle gains and how should I do that.
I don't know if I am supposed to have something flexed, or relaxed or a certain position or something when measuring. I have no clue about it. So I need you guys to help me figure this out. =)
P.S. My workout plan will mostly pertain to going on an elliptical for a few weeks for 20-25 minutes or maybe half an hour because that has been my favourite cardio machine back then. I am also going to use some of the weight machines to get back into the motion of lifting things and freeing up/loosening up my muscles. Also, I will be doing stretching to do that as well.
After a few weeks of this, I will start doing free weights (dumbbells) exercises with combination of some weight machines.