Weighing in on Weight Loss

Number on the scale won’t budge? Don't let it get you down. Here are 4 ways to better monitor your weight loss goals:

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1) Track your Body fat percentage. Because muscle weighs more than fat, this measurement will give you a better picture of your progress. If the numbers on the scale don’t change, or increase, this method will be able to tell you whether you gained muscle or fat. This is much more accurate and motivating than weighing yourself alone.

2) Weigh yourself less often. If you still want to weigh yourself, combine it with body fat percentage readings and do it less frequently. Weight fluctuates greatly within a day. Pick one day a week and weigh yourself in the morning without clothing. Be sure to avoid weighing yourself right after a workout. You will most likely have lost a ton of water weight and will probably be upset if you weigh yourself the next morning and notice that the numbers have gone up.

3)  Measure yourself! Measurements are a great way to determine success. If you notice you’re losing inches, even if you’re not losing the pounds, you can celebrate that you’re on the right track as you’re replacing stubborn fat with muscle.

4)  Assess your well-being.  Weight loss is just one of the benefits of exercise. How do you look and feel? Do you have more energy? Are you able to do things that you weren't in the past?  How does your clothing fit? Are you starting to see some more muscle definition? These are all questions you can ask yourself to assess whether you’re on the path towards a healthier, happier you!