If you’re working to get in better shape, or you’re following a weight loss plan, you’re probably anxious to see some results. Many people rely on the number on the scale, but this can be problematic in many cases. For one thing, hormones and “water weight” can cause our weight to fluctuate by a few pounds. And, if you’re working out a lot, you might build muscle tissue. You could still be burning fat and losing weight, but then a few pounds might be added back due to increased muscle tone. This can make it difficult to gauge your success by simply stepping on the scale.
But the scale isn’t the only way to measure your progress. In fact, these methods can work even better, because they show that you’re not only burning calories and shedding pounds, but also getting healthier. And that should be your true goal!
You feel happier. You might be feeling more energetic, thinking more positive thoughts, and even loving your body more lately. Your increased self confidence will be magnetic, and should inspire you to keep going.
Workouts are getting easier. Early in your lifestyle change, a strenuous workout might have left you feeling wiped out. Now you’re getting through workouts more easily, and you feel refreshed and rejuvenated afterward.
You’re sleeping better. You might find that your healthier routine has helped you start sleeping more soundly at night. This is good news for your health, because rest helps your body fight inflammation, repair damage, and reduce stress levels.
Your waist circumference has changed. Measuring your waist circumference every two to three weeks can give you a solid understanding of your progress. If you’re burning fat cells you will see that number change over time, no matter what the scale says. More importantly, if you’re shedding weight from your midsection, you are reducing the most harmful type of fat tissue in your body (from a health and longevity standpoint).
Your old clothes are loose. If you’re adding muscle mass while decreasing fat in your body, the true measure of your success will be found in the fit of your clothes. No matter what the scale says, if your clothes are getting loose then you know your regimen is working. You’re looking more trim and confident while learning habits that will help you live a longer, healthier life.
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