This Weight Loss Tracking Method Is Less Crazy-Making Than The Scale!

Is there anything worse than that terror you feel the moment before you step on the scale? You've worked so hard. You've made sure to load your plate with vegetables and you've been killing your workouts at the gym. Your efforts should show up on the scale! But anyone who has ever tried to lose weight knows, that isn't always the case. The problem isn't in your efforts, it is in using the scale to measure your progress. “Sometimes your weight will stay the same even when your body’s changing,” says exercise physiologist and dietitian Cassandra Forsythe, Ph.D., R.D. So what do you use instead? A tape measure. Tracking the inches on certain body parts, like your thighs, hips, and biceps gives you a much better picture. As you gain muscle and lose weight, your body becomes more compact, says Forsythe. And don't forget, even though muscle is more compact than fat and takes up less space, it does weigh more. Outside of that, it is important to remember that your weight can fluctuate 4 to 5 pounds over the course of one day due to water weight. Your weight can also be impacted by your period and your salt intake. Although these fluctuations are normal, they can be beyond discouraging! Seems ridiculous that we even use a scale, doesn't it? Thankfully, Women's Health has come up with a useful diagram to show you how to use a measuring tape instead! Start by having a friend or your significant other take your measurements for accuracy. If you'd rather do it yourself, just make sure the tape measure is level or parallel to the floor when you wrap it around yourself. Here is where you should measure: how-to-measure-yourself-with-a-tape-measure Record your measurements and then reassess them once a week or once a month. You don't need to throw the scale away, but you shouldn't put so much stock in it early on. Measure your progress in inches and how your clothes fit. Once you hit your goals, you can break out the scale again. Weighing yourself once a week or once a month can really help keep you on track. But if you are someone who is totally devastated by an unexpected number, you may want to avoid it forever. Just remember, the number on the scale isn't everything. Think about how wonderful feel, how your energy levels are better. Those are far greater measures of success, don't you think? Does your scale drive you around the bend? Source: Women's Health  

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