With the start of the YMCA’s Weight No More, Lucy and I decided to talk to you about tracking your progress. Tracking your progress is very important to weight loss. You want to be sure that you are not losing weight too quickly while at the same time still making progress in your journey. Sometimes we get discouraged because we do not see, or maybe feel the progress we are making. That is why it’s important to track your progress.
One of the ways that you can track your progress is by writing down your weekly weight. This helps you see how eating healthy, working out and making better choices are affecting your weight. DO NOT weigh yourself every day. Pick one day during the week and that can be your weigh in day. Further, try to weigh yourself at the same time each week & wearing the same clothes. This will give you the most accurate reading. Shoot for losing only 2 pounds per week AT MOST. Remember, the slower you lose it, the easier it is to keep off.
You did killer work outs this week, ate healthy all week and made sure you drank plenty of water. You get on the scale and the scale doesn’t move. This means you probably built up some muscle this week. This is why its good to use multiple methods of tracking progress. When you weigh yourself also consider taking your measurements. Doing this shows you how much you have toned during your work outs. Nine times out of ten if you did not lose weight you toned that week. Taking your measurements is a great way to track your weight loss progress. Its also a very easy method. All you need is a tape measure. Some good places to measure are: your upper arms, your chest (at nipple level), your thighs, your calves, and your waist (at navel level). Losing inches is just as important, if not more, than losing pounds. Losing inches is a better way of tracking fat loss, whereas when you lose pounds it could be muscle you're losing. Losing muscle is something to be avoided at all costs. So when you weigh yourself, measure too.
Are those jeans that did not fit you a month ago finally zipping up? Has that little red dress that was pushed to the back of your closet made its way to the front because it finally fits? Do you feel less bloated? Are you stronger than before? Do you have more stamina and endurance than ever? Other ways to track your progress include how your clothes fit and how you feel. These are in fact the best ways to track progress. You'll see the changes when you fit into that outfit you haven't been able to fit into in months. You'll feel the changes in how you perform, and how you feel overall. You will also see internal changes, lower cholesterol, better blood circulation, more energy. The list goes on and on. Exercising and healthy eating are better than any prescription or over the counter medicine.