The Best Ways To Assess Weight Loss Progress
The article is devoted to The Best Ways To Assess Weight Loss Progress. As you go about your weight loss program, one thing that’s very important to be doing is periodically doing a program assessment.
By looking at how you’re doing, you can better go on to make the necessary adjustments you need to be in order to bring about the results that you seek.
Sadly though, the number one method that so many people use to gauge their progress is standing on the bathroom scale.
This method is not going to be all that accurate and could lead you very astray. Let’s have a quick look at some of the better methods that you should be considering using to determine just how well you’re doing on your weight loss program.
Body Fat Measurements
The first test to consider taking is your body fat measurement. This can be done using a wide variety of methods, with the ‘Bod Pod’, as it’s called being the most accurate. This is a machine that will determine how much of your body is lean mass tissue and how much is fat mass, so will give you a very good idea where you stand in terms of whether body fat was actually lost or not.
This is what the scale will not tell you. While you may see the weight going down, you don’t necessarily know that it’s body fat weight that you’re losing.
The Body Pod (often called DEXA) is quite pricey to have done however, so when you can’t do this, skin callipers can also work. This is a cost-effective method and available at many different gyms.
The Mirror Test
Moving along, another test to consider is the mirror test. With this test you’re simply going to look at yourself in the mirror and see how you look overall.
Does it seem like you’ve lost weight? Do you look thinner?
Are you noticeably leaner?
If you answer yes to all of these questions, then chances are you are on the right track regardless of what the scale happens to be telling you.
Remember, there is the chance of gaining lean muscle while you lose body fat, so even if the scale says your weight has gone up, you may actually be still looking better overall.
The mirror test will tell you this.
The Clothing Test
Finally, the last test to use to gauge your progress is the clothing test. This one is simple – are your clothes fitting looser?
This again helps you determine whether you’re gaining lean muscle mass or losing body fat.
Muscle is highly dense tissue so doesn’t take up much room at all on the body. Body fat however does take up more room, so is what will make your clothes fit tighter. So if your clothes are fitting looser, this is a very good sign.
So there you have the primary things that you should be remembering about your weight loss progress. If you use these three tests and seem to be on track, pay no attention to what the scale is telling you each morning. In fact, do yourself a favor and just toss that scale completely – it really is not going to help you in any regard.