Yes, we know you are eager to know how your weight loss efforts are shaping up. But there are many ways a body can lose weight and you should be aware of them. Do not just watch the weighing scale because it may not show you the real progress. There are many ways to track your weight loss and we will discuss them here.
Water retention is never stable and your scale may show weight loss, but now you know it is not an ideal pointer. Similarly, there may be other miscalculations that you need to keep away from.
Use the Measuring Tape for better values:
A month after starting out, you can easily use the measuring tape and size your shoulders, biceps, thighs, hips, and waist. Any reduction surely shows that you are going in the right direction. However, do not measure every week as it takes time for your body to make changes and you may lose hope.
Losing muscles is not a good thing and you should better try your hand at weightlifting, which ups your muscular section. Have more protein in your diet and whey protein is the best among other alternatives. This helps in your exercises and provides a multitude of other nutrition benefits for the body.
Measure your body fat:
Use your fingers initially to take a pinch on your tummy fat and assess the situation. If you are engaged in weight lifting or resistance training, using a Body Fat Calliper, you can keep track of your progress and it is quite inexpensive too. Be sure to keep a weekly note and measure the difference so that you know whether you are on the right track.
Make judicious use of your pics:
We know keeping a record of how out of shape you were is unadvisable but that surely is the starting point. If the flab is on different body parts, click photos while you are standing so that the pics are unbiased.
Start clicking after every fortnight and try to visually compare and you know how your weight loss routine is reaching up to. You may ask why we are asking to compare after a fortnight because people tend to watch every day and you may not see any visible change and lose interest. (you know a watched cake never rises!)
Remember to keep the same pose, wear the same clothes and don’t try to breathe in or out to keep the bulge out. Just be impartial to yourself and the correct picture, of you, will come up front.
Track your lifts:
With considerable weight loss, you will definitely feel more energetic and be able to lift more weight. If you compare your notes, you would know how much you could lift at the beginning of the weight loss routine and what is the difference now.
You should always try to lift more and if you achieve it, the weight loss will be more and so will be your satisfaction. Not only you gain muscles but the fat will reduce considerably and your body shape will look admiring.
Wear Old Clothes:
Yes! After at least a month, you should definitely try putting on your old clothes and they won’t lie. If you can easily slip in means you did put in the good amount of work. Allow the feeling to sink in and make a vow to continue the routine and make a good difference from where you started.
Allow these small successes to guide you further on your weight loss routine. Find out how much whey protein you had, what effect it had on your hunger and how much of a gap you could maintain between meals. Use this guideline to take you further and even if you are consistent, this should be considered a success.
Weight loss takes time and no change happens overnight. Our body is reluctant to change and initially, it tries to derail your routine but slowly and steadily accepts and ONLY THEN the results start to show. One should never hasten this process else an injury could result.
The tips we have given above for tracking your weight loss do work for everyone and we are confident they would surely work for you too. Good luck in your weight loss endeavor.
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