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Monday, August 24, 2020

Signs Your Losing Weight



Why is the scale still the same? I have been working out everyday this week.

I get this question all the time. I have been eating right, been working and the scale still isn’t moving. There are so many things going on beside the number on the scale. There are so many factors going on.

I understand where you are coming from because the scale has always seen to dictate if we are losing weight or not. I can relate because I am a numbers person. I want to put in the work and see the physical proof that it is working. If not, I want to understand what I need to do better to reach my goal.

There are so many other ways to see you are losing weight or that your fitness plan is working:

1. Clothes fit loosely. One of my favorite tips on this is grab a shirt, pants, whatever doesn’t fit comfortable. Or something you haven’t worn in a while. Use this as your gauge. How is it fitting now?

2. Take a picture. You don’t have to share them unless you want to. Sometimes you can’t see the changes your body is making. Have someone take a 2-3 different shots. My favorite is from the front, from the back, and the side. Try to wear the same thing each time. You’ll need to see the difference with your own eyes.

3. Take measurements. Set a time that you take measurements and make it the same time. I like in the morning before I eat breakfast. Typical measurements are: Chest, Waist, Hips, Thigh, Arm. Some will add: Calf, Neck. When taking measurements, measure one side of the body with all the pressure on the other side. For example, I measure on my left side so I put all the weight on the right side of the thigh and arm measurements. I chose the left side because I am right handed, and usually that it is going to be bigger because I prefer that side.

4. Feel Stronger. This is where keeping a fitness journal can come in handy. Keeping track of how much you lift will show progress. The scale might not be moving but you’re body is changing. Celebrate that success!!

5. More Energy. Sleeping Better. Both of these are qualities of a good workout. You have more energy during the day so you tend not to reach for bad food choices mid afternoon. On the other side you are sleeping better at night.

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