As you lose body weight, it’s easy to turn to the scale to gauge your weight loss, however, there are so many other areas where you can measure your success! Let’s look at other ways to measure your weight loss success. So how do you know you are losing weight except for stepping on the scale? Let’s look at other ways to measure your weight loss success through these signs of weight loss.
1. Looser Clothes
Are you starting to notice that your clothes seem looser and baggier? This is one of the most common first signs of weight loss that can be easily noticed by you and others. See if your belt loop has gone down a notch or two. You can also grab clothes that have been hiding in the back of the closet to try on.
You can also try the zipper check. We all have that pair of jeans that were just a little too snug. If you see signs you’re losing weight, try these on and see how they fit now. Even though you might have always been able to fit into them, maybe now they will be easier to zip and more comfortable when you're wearing them. Once you start to see and feel your clothes fitting differently this can be a great motivator.
2. Body Measurements
If you still want to view numbers to measure success, you can also take your body measurements. Do this at the start of your weight loss journey so that you have a benchmark and then periodically to track your progress. Use a soft measuring tape found at many stores with healthcare sections, or online. Here are some areas you can begin with:
• Waist: Measure at the narrowest area just above the navel.
• Hips: Measure around the widest part of the hips
• Upper thigh: Measure around the fullest part of your thigh
• Bust: Measure all the way around the largest part of your chest, and be sure to line up the tape measure for an even measurement.
You’ll want to measure yourself monthly in order to see how many inches or centimeters you’ve lost. Make sure to measure at the same time of day and the same positions for the most accuracy.
Remember that the scale doesn't always reflect changes in your body composition. For some people, taking measurements is the best kind of motivation. You can even set personal goals by losing a certain amount of inches, that way you can see how close you are to reaching them after your monthly check-ins. Once you achieve your goals, you can then set new goals to continue to drive your motivation. This technique is a great way to keep you determined in reaching your long-term weight loss goals.
3. Take a Selfie
Measurements and scales can measure success, but seeing is believing! Comparing pictures of yourself before and during your weight loss journey allows you to see the progress you’ve made over time, and you can celebrate how different you truly look from where you started to where you are now. As with measurements, take a selfie on a monthly basis to track the physical signs of weight loss.
4. Overall Feeling & Daily Activities
The expression of getting some “weight off your shoulders” absolutely applies to weight loss. Not only are you literally feeling lighter, you may also be feeling more energetic during the day, experiencing more stamina during exercise and feeling less stressed overall. Take note of these changes as listening to your body can tell you more than a number on a scale.
Think of everyday tasks that used to be difficult for you. Is walking up and down the stairs a breeze? Have you started to enjoy taking your dog for a walk or maybe making your walk longer? Maybe you’re not as out of breath as you were previously? Do you have more energy? As you begin to lose weight and become more active, these daily activities should be getting easier and easier. Reflecting on your daily activities and how you feel are great signs you are losing weight beyond the scale.
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Edited by Elisa - Jenny Craig