You just started a weight loss routine, your first two weeks you’ve dropped 10 – 15 pounds and your doing awesome! And all of a sudden your in your third week the scale doesn’t seem to budge. You still feel great and clothes are fitting better, but your weight isn’t going down. What the heck is going on?
The culprit: The scale.
Like I mentioned in my 25 fat loss tips post, the problem with the scale is it’s inability to tell you the whole story of your weight loss. When you step on the scale it tells you every going on as a whole. It doesn’t tell you body fat changes, what you ate, the amount of water in your body, swollen muscles, and a number of other things that effect your weight.
Using the scale to measure your progress is okay, but don’t just depend on one measurement. Here are a few better ways to measure your progress:
Instead on focusing on the fat loss result, focus on what produces the result. Make it your goal that you will go to the gym 3 days a week or eat like a diet rockstar for 6 days in a row. Maybe it’s to bike around the city limits or to finish your first 5k! Whatever it is, track it, improve it and you will see results!
Dress Size / Waist Size
One goal of weight loss is to look better right? Well why not measure your progress with clothing! My favorite clothes to use is jeans. They tend to be unforgiving and you can definitly tell when they are fitting looser! Whether it’s a dress or a pair of jeans, pick some clothing and track your progress weekly.
Before and after pictures can be an amazing tool when it comes to tracking your progress. Once a week take a picture of your progress and watch your body transform!
It’s not all about the number on the scale. Just remember, a scale is just one measurement that tells you the whole story at once. Pick a few ways to track your progress and watch your success!