When you’re trying to lose weight, the scale can be a powerful tool. It is so satisfying to see those numbers go down, but sometimes stepping on the scale can feel like torture. Fortunately, you don’t need the scale to feel successful.
Instead, use these tests and tricks to assess your victories:
- Track a healthy habit.
Instead of just keeping track of the pounds you’re losing, keep a record of all the
things you’re adding to your life. Pick a healthy habit, and track your consistency.
- Take progress photos.
Take a photo of yourself wearing the same outfit, standing the same way, and in the same place once a month or every few weeks.
- Take an activity assessment test.
If you walk up a flight of stairs regularly, for example, check in every few weeks to see how the ascent feels. Check in with yourself when you’re doing the things you already do every day like playing with your kids or walking up that flight of stairs and compare how you feel today to how you felt a month or two ago.
- Step into your old jeans.
Feeling more comfortable in your clothes or going down a size is even more important than the scale because they’re more accurate signs of fat loss versus the fluid shifts you can see on the scale.
- Measure your body’s other numbers.
Track your body fat percentage or measurements. It’s possible to reduce your body fat percentage and weigh the same, especially if you’re losing fat and gaining lean muscle. Measure wherever you want to lose weight — waist, hips, upper thighs, etc. and take your measurements every month to track inches or centimeters lost.
If you live in the Las Vegas area and are looking for treatments for obesity and the health problems that go along with it, schedule an appointment with Dr. Shawn Tsuda. He can help you find the right treatment for your situation.