If you recently got started on your health and fitness journey; congrats! You’ve taken the initial and often times the most important step in the process; you’ve actually started!
Most people who start a new fitness program have a goal in mind and typically that goal includes weight loss. Measuring progress towards a goal is a key factor to your success that I have discussed in the past.
Whether you have been at it for a couple of days or even a couple of weeks, I am sure that you may have some anxiety to see what kind of progress you have made. Because your goal likely includes weight loss, keeping track of your weight is the most logical way to manage this. Tracking weight loss using a scale is important to an extent; it’s simple, if the number is going down, you are making progress.
What if that number on the scale isn’t moving? Does that mean you aren’t making progress?
The first question you might ask yourself is; “Why am I not losing weight?” A good question, but a better question may be; “Am I still making progress?” Your weight is only one factor of many that you should be using to determine if progress is being made. Check out the 6 ways to measure progress below.
How Often Should You Weigh Yourself?
Because tracking things like weight is still a measurable factor towards a goal, you may consider keeping tabs on it. But how often should you weigh yourself and keep track of your weight? There are basically three different options to tracking your weight. Let’s go through each of them and discuss the pros and cons of each.
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Weighing yourself on a daily basis might seem like a good idea. In fact, many people weight themselves shortly after waking up each and every day. For many, this can give a sense of accountability and frequent insight on progress towards a weight loss goal. If you are able to understand and appreciate that fluctuations in weight can occur on a daily basis, weighing yourself on a daily basis may be your thing.
Suggestion: If you do plan to weigh yourself daily, be consistent with the time of day that you weigh in, first thing in the AM is ideal. Over the course of a week, pay closer attention to the lowest weight recorded and ensure that number if trending in the right direction, forget about everything else.
A weekly weigh-in can allow you to focus more on the other ways to measure progress and at the same time provide some insight into the trending of your body weight. As noted in the suggestion above, tracking the lowest weight over the course of a week is ideal and a weekly weight-in has that process built in.
Keep in mind that in the early stages, your weight loss can be a bit slow or even non-existent, but don’t let that discourage you, keep going and again, focus on other factors to measure progress.
Rarely or Never
Some of you never weigh yourself or only do so on a rare occasion – totally fine! Perhaps you already know that weight alone isn’t as important as staying consistent with your fitness program and your nutrition will pay bigger dividends?
6 Ways to Measure Progress
Are you weighing yourself multiple times a day? Please stop this unhealthy habit! Your body DOES NOT work that way and you will only create additional stress and anxiety around the entire process of your journey. Focus on other areas of your journey that you will find much more satisfaction in!
Progress is more important than the number on the scale!
- Body composition
- You are stronger and faster
- Your clothes fit better
- You enjoy the challenge of your workouts
- It’s become a habit for you
- You have more energy and less stress
Do you have other ways that you measure progress? If so, please share in the comments below!
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