4 Ways to Track Your Weight Loss Progress

4 Ways to Track Your Weight Loss Progress

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If you're exercising, your body is changing, including your heart, circulation, and the number of mitochondria inside your cells. The scale doesn't tell the whole story, so find a new way to track your progress.

Body fat percentage can be measured with bioelectrical impedance scales, calipers, DEXA (dual energy X-ray absorptiometry), hydrostatic weighing, and online calculators.

These measurements can give you a better idea of how much fat you really need to lose and whether you're making progress in your program.

Checking your body fat once a week or every other week is a good idea. Make sure you measure with the same person each time and keep track of your numbers.

Scales can't tell you what's really going on inside your body, and the emotional nature of weighing ourselves makes them a bad way to track weight loss progress.

The numbers you see on the scale vary with these factors - food weight gain, muscle gain, water weight gain, and menstrual cycle weight.

To make weighing yourself a useful and positive experience, limit yourself to monthly weigh-ins, use scale weight, along with body fat percentage, and weigh first thing in the morning, before you eat or drink anything.

To track your progress, take measurements of your bust, chest, arms, hips, thighs, upper arm, and waist. Make a note of what you're wearing the next time you measure, and take the measurements again once a week or once

Take pictures of yourself wearing a bathing suit and keep them in your weight loss journal. Try on a pair of tight pants every four weeks to see how they fit.

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