Weighing scales have traditionally been the most common way to determine weight loss, but
are they really that reliable? By just focusing on what the scales say can be a poor reflection of your hard work and can be super de-motivating. It’s not a good idea to put all your focus on a number as there are SO many factors that affect your weight and the way you look. For example, your weight can fluctuate depending on the time of day, how much water you have had to drink etc.
1. Progress Photos – Take before and after photos
Before you start your weight loss / fitness program, take some pictures. A picture can paint a thousand words and is a true reflection of all your hard work. Progress photos can be a much more accurate representation of how you are tracking instead of weighing scales. We know that muscle weighs more than fat, so you may get worried because your weight is actually going up on the scale, but you actually look better than they ever have!
2. Measuring Tape
-Bicep (either left or right, but be consistent)
-Waist (at the belly button for consistency)
-Hips (measure the widest part of your hips)
-Thigh (left or right, but pick the same spot on your thigh each week)
Measuring EVERY day will promote an unhealthy OCD behavior where every tiny little change will be scrutinised and blown out of proportion. So, measure yourself once a week at the same time, the best time is probably after you wake up and before you eat breakfast.
3. How your clothes feel
How your jeans fit will give you direct feedback on how you’re doing. If your clothes are fitting better and you like what you see in the mirror it’s the best indication of progress.
4. Being In Tune with Your Body
When you’re eating healthy and exercising regularly, your body just FEELS better. You may notice that you have more energy, your skin is clearer and your digestion is working well. Being able to recognise when your body feels good and when it doesn’t can really help you work out if you’re on the right track.
Remember folks, what the weighing scales say is not always an accurate indicator of where you are at on your health and fitness journey.