Good morning! Everyone ready for a great weekend? I am off to walk in a race this morning, followed by health coach studying, and some housework. Since my day is crazy busy, I brought you this fabulous guest post on ways to measure your health goals off the scale. Enjoy!
Beyond Weight Loss: 4 Ways to Measure Health Goals Off the Scale
When you start working out and trying to get fit, it can be easy to focus on weight loss as the ultimate measure of your success. If you’re losing weight, it must mean that your diet and your exercise routines are working. Yet you could be losing inches and clothing sizes without ever dropping a pound on the scale. You could also be improving your health without ever dropping pounds.
There are many other ways to measure your success without stepping on the scale. Here are 4 ways to measure your health goals off the scale:
How Your Clothes Fit
If you started your diet and fitness journey wearing a size 12 but now you wear a size 8, that’s a pretty good sign that your program is working (even if you haven’t lost weight). However, the results may not always be this dramatic.
Sometimes, you may simply notice that your clothes fit you better. Do those “skinny jeans” seem to slide right on now? Do your “fat pants” seem to swim on you when you wear them? These are signs that your diet and fitness plan is working.
How You Feel
When you are overweight and unhealthy, you will likely suffer from fatigue, brain fog, and even chronic body aches. When you start exercising to get in shape, you will likely find yourself gasping for breath after even a short walk around the block or a light jog down the road.
Months after you start your diet and fitness program, if you find that you have more energy, that you can easily hop on the treadmill for 30 minutes without feeling winded, and you can think more clearly throughout your day, that’s a good sign that your program has been successful. Other signs you may notice include a reduction in cravings, the ability to concentrate for longer periods, and even an increase in your libido.
Your Body Fat Percentage
Muscle weighs more than fat. That’s why you might drop several sizes without actually dropping any pounds. Instead of measuring your success in overall pounds, you can measure how much fat you’ve lost.
You can determine your body fat percentage by visiting a trainer and having it measured with professional instruments, or you can use a calculator online (http://www.healthyforms.com/helpful-tools/body-fat-percentage.php) to get an estimate.
Your Health Statistics
Health isn’t just about weight. There are several other measurements that can help you determine if you are making progress. These can include cholesterol levels, resting heart beat, Vitamin D levels, white blood cell levels, hormone levels and more. What you will need to monitor will depend on your particular health concerns. However, if you are making progress, you should see improvement on these and other indicators.
Don’t let the scale dictate how you feel about yourself or about your progress toward greater health and fitness. Use these indicators to help you gauge your success and to help you feel better about the body you are building.
What other indicators do you use to understand if your diet and fitness program are working? Share them in the comments!
Bio: Chloe Trogden is seasoned financial aid writer who authors a comprehensive online student guide. Her leisure activities include camping, swimming and playing her guitar.