The scales don’t always tell you the truth. They may help you to tell you what you weigh but I want you to know that they don’t tell you the whole truth. You see, it is very possible that you may be losing body fat, but not body weight. So if the scales are your only measure of progress, it looks like you aren’t making any, when in reality you are slimming down, getting healthier and making great progress!
You see when you build lean muscle tissue, you are becoming healthier. This will no doubt affect the scales and depending on your body proportions that you started off with, as you lose weigth, you may not see any shift on the scale dial if at all.
There are other ways of measuring your progress. Here’s some top ones as recommended by Tim Drummond, of Sex In The City bootcamps. I echo all of these top tips so I didn’t really have to change anything that Tim suggests.
Clothes – How do they fit? If they are suddenly too big and you are going down sizes, great! You’ve lost significant body fat.
Girth measurements – A simple tape measure around the bellybutton, hips, and mid thigh will prove you are in fact slimming down and it is not your clothes that are growing after all! Before & after photos – This is probably the best measure of progress. Take a photo at the start, and then retake every couple of weeks. Put them next to each other and when you see the difference it really does bring it home. Photos may be uncomfortable at first and you probably don’t want to get your kit off, but trust me when you see your new, slim self next to the old you it will blow your mind and is so motivating!
How do you feel? – This journey is not just about weight loss it is about health and overall well being.
Oh and it’s recommend you take measurements every 2 – 4 weeks, to ensure that you are making progress in the right direction. Anything more than this is overkill and you will be caught out by natural daily fluctuations.
So thats food for though eh? (pun intended 🙂 ) don’t let the scales rule you 🙂