The need to lose weight is something that many of us have. The truth is, however, that we should be seeking to lose fat specifically. Muscle is fine, but weight from fat is not.
The problem is that it can be hard to measure your progress when you’re making effort to lose weight. This is especially true if you work out regularly as part of your weight loss process.
If you incorporate strength training three to four times a week, you may gain muscle, which will add to your weight. This is not a gain in fat, but in muscle.
The Problem With Scales
If you use a scale to measure your progress, you can never tell the difference if the you lost or gained is water , fat, or muscle.
This is why a measuring tape is more appropriate to track your loss progress. By using a measuring tape, you can see if you are losing inches off your body.
When you lose inches, chances are you are losing fat. And ultimately, that’s the whole point of losing weight.
Does this mean that you should throw away your scales and rely completely on a measuring tape?
Use both to measure how far you’ve come with your weight loss efforts. Use the number of the scale to see if you are heading in the right direction, and reconfirm whether it is fat that you are losing with a measuring tape. This way, you get a way better picture of how things are with your loss.
Weight varies from day to day, but fat loss is less variable.
Go Beyond The Measurements
Besides the scale and the measuring tape, what else can you use to measure your weight loss? Well, you can judge by whether your clothes are becoming looser, and whether you feel lighter and fitter.
These may be more subjective, but sometimes all you need to confirm that you are losing weight is the fact that you can fit into your old jeans.
Many people also report feeling more energetic, and generally happier and more confident in themselves.
So, even if the scale shows slow progress, don’t discount this kind of evidence when it comes to motivating yourself by knowing that your efforts are paying off!
If you want the most accurate measurements possible then there are more ways to measure body fat – calipers, for example. Just know that, by tracking your progress every day or every week, you’ll help keep yourself motivated to continue.