The scales have been such a common way to determine weight loss or the effectiveness of fitness progress, but are they really that reliable? I always talk about this topic with girls because I think it is so important. Only focusing on the number on the scales can be super de-motivating at times. I personally do not believe that it is healthy to put all your focus on a number as there are SO many factors that affect your weight and the way you look. For example, your weight can fluctuate depending on the time of day, how much water you have had to drink or if it’s that time of month.
Here are 3 ways to measure your progress without the scales!
1. Look at Photos
This is my biggest tip! I think progress photos can be a much more accurate representation of how you are tracking instead of the scales. We know that muscle weighs more than fat, so I sometimes have clients who get worried because their weight is actually going up on the scale, but they look the better than they ever have! Remember that it can be hard to see the changes in our body on a week-to-week basis when we constantly see ourselves in the mirror, but comparing photos every month, you may be surprised at how much your body has changed!
2. Create Challenges for Yourself
If you are one of those people who like measuring your progress using numbers, use your efforts to focus on personal bests. Challenging yourself in all aspects of health and fitness may help your mindset and will also tell you a lot about your strength and fitness. For example, use a heavier weight, do 5 more reps or try an exercise you have never been able to complete. By accomplishing these challenges you can see how you are progressively getting healthier and fitter.
3. Being In Tune with Your Body
I am sure many of you can agree with this, but when you’re eating healthy and exercising regularly, your body just FEELS better. This may mean that you have more energy, your skin is clearer and your digestion is working well. Getting to know your body may seem a little strange at first and can take time, but being able to recognise when your body feels good and when it doesn’t can really help you work out if you’re on the right track. In turn, you can recognise when you are at your healthiest, and times when you may need to make a few improvements.
Remember girls, the number on the scale is not always an accurate indicator of where you are at on your health and fitness journey. Take progress photos, challenge yourself and listen to your body, as they can also be great indicators of whether you are making progress or not!
Love, Kayla xx