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How to Track Your Weight Loss
We all do it. We love to track our weight loss progress by using the scale. It is as if this small tiny box has a hold on us and can determine the meaning of life for us. Well, did you know that the scale can be a liar? It only shows one number, your weight, and nothing else. There are many more ways that you are benefiting from your fitness routine and multiple ways to help you see if you are truly making progress. It is not in your best interest to get hung up on what your scale is telling you. It is time to branch out and move away from the scale. Here are just a few ways to do this.
Do you feel healthier? It is easy to forget that we are also exercising to improve our health. You may notice some improvements that do not have anything to do with weight loss, such as improved flexibility, endurance and strength. You may be able to walk longer or run faster and keeping up with the kids may not be as difficult. Exercise is also great at relieving stress and keeping us emotionally and mentally balanced, so you may notice that you are a calmer version of your previous self.
How are your clothes fitting? You can lose inches and drop dress sizes without losing any weight. Remember muscle weighs more than fat, but it takes up less space. It also increases your metabolism, which can help you lose weight even when you are not exercising. Therefore, if you notice your clothes are not as tight as they were before, then you know you are turning fat into muscle and shedding those inches as well. You can be relieved that you are on the right track even if the scale is misleading you.
Do you notice a difference in any of your pictures? We may see the changes in pictures long before we notice them in real life. It can be difficult to see changes from day to day, and when you look in the mirror or step on the scale everyday the little changes are going to be even harder to pick up on. However, with a picture, you can see a more dramatic change because of the longer periods of time you are comparing. You could even take pictures every month to help you see the progress you are making. It can be a real eye opener when you are holding the proof in your hands.
What is your body fat percentage? A body fat scale is the most effective way to tell you how much body fat you have. You can get this reading from your doctor or a fitness professional, but also from a Tanita scale in your home. These are around $50 and well worth it. Instead of focusing on the pounds you weigh, you will be focusing on a more important number that will better show you your real fat loss progress.
It can be stressful and frustrating trying to lose weight and seeing the same number continuously popping up on the scale. However, now is the time to walk away from the scale and focus on what is important. You should try tossing your scale for about a month and seeing how much better you feel. Remember, as long as you feel and look healthier, you are making progress and getting one step closer to your goals.