Posted on 15 Oct 2015 Views 5841 Comments 24
Losing weight is often a formidable process that requires time and hard work. Whilst on your journey to lose those pounds one of the best ways to maintain motivation is by measuring the progress of your weight loss. When measuring weight loss it is best to do this first thing in the morning before you have anything to eat and wear as little as possible to avoid altering your results.
Our bodies are incredibly complex where things are happening day and night that we are not always aware of. Weight can fluctuate by a few pounds over the course of a day. By measuring everyday this can promote an unhealthy behaviour whereby every little change can be dissected and worried over. Measure once a week at the same time of day and it is recommended on your official weigh in day so you know that your body has had a week to adjust to whatever losses you may have and this should give a more accurate reading.
When embarking on a weight loss journey it is important to record your measurements at the start, which will act as a kick-off point to compare with all your successive measurements. Without recording these it can be difficult to gauge just how far you have come and make sure to use a fabric or plastic tape measure, keeping the tape as close to your skin as possible without any indentations on the skin. However, if you have already started your weight loss journey, there is no time like the present to start recording your measurements to help give you a guide to how you are progressing.
By logging your losses in more ways than one you will have a more overall view of what is happening to your body during your journey and also you will start to learn how your body works and where it burns fat from first. This will give you an opportunity once started to look at incorporating light strength training if you want to put some emphasis on toning your body or targeting specific areas.
If you choose to incorporate some light to moderate exercise into your plan which may include toning or some light strength training you may be getting stronger and adding muscle but the scales may not be changing. If you only have your scales as a way to measure your success you may feel demoralized at the slow progress you are making. If however, you are tracking your body changes you will realise that you are still making advances. When people incorporate exercise into a diet programme you may find that your body fat percentage can fall but your weight can go up as you get towards your goal, which is due to muscle being denser than fat; which shows that indeed the scales are not always a true measure of how you are progressing.
If you are determined to make changes to your life and lose the weight it is an excellent motivator to log everything including weekly weigh-in schedule, all measurements and even a weekly/monthly photograph to look back and compare and also to help propel you forward to reaching your own personal weight loss goals. There is also a colouring in pie chart of weight loss progress to pin somewhere you will see every day as an extra boost to visually see exactly how much weight lost.
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It can be very daunting and scary when you first see your measurements but remember that this is merely the start of your journey and as the weeks go by you should begin to see the fruits of your hard work and the feelings of pride in yourself will be immense. Even those who have already embarked on their journey can still measure to track their progress as this can be a wonderful and rewarding way to watch your body change.
Written by Debbie Moore, Slim & Save Customer Care Department.
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