It can be very frustrating to spend weeks eating healthily and exercising, only to be unsure if you have actually made any progress with your weight loss.
You could use the scales, but they are often an inaccurate way to measure fat loss. You may gain muscle mass, which is much heavier than fat, so the figure on the scales may remain the same – it could even be higher.
Don’t worry if you can relate to this – your body is changing for the better, even if you are struggling to monitor the changes.
1. Take before and after pictures
For the best comparison, wear the same clothes and hairstyle in each picture. Take a few pictures from different angles so you can see all of the changes, instead of just the ones that can be seen from the front. Take a picture every two weeks and add it to a fitness board so you can see the differences.
2. Ask someone who knows you well
Ask a friend who knew you before you started to lose weight. Instead of asking them “Do I look slimmer?” ask more specific questions for better feedback. Try asking these questions; Do any areas of my body look leaner? Do any areas of my body look more muscular? Accept that the answer may not be want you want to hear, but it will be honest and useful to your weight loss progress.
3. Use a tape measure and record your results
Measure your arms, chest, waist, thighs and calves for an accurate result, and measure yourself again each month until you see weight loss progress.
4. Weigh yourself in a water tank
This is a really accurate method to track weight loss progress, and only cost around $50. You will be weighed in and out of the water, and the results will be compared to determine your body fat levels.
5. Buy body fat calipers
Some are very cheap, and they can be bought online or in store. You can use the body fat calipers to take a 3 point or 7 point skin-fold measurement. Enter the results into a calculator to get your body fat percentage!
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