The scale is a four letter word to many people. They hate weighing themselves and seeing little to no progress, or get frustrated with the constant fluctuations. Others ONLY use the scale to determine if you are getting in better shape, healthier etc. When scientists test theories and experiment, they don’t use just one type of analysis. They analyze many different factors, test many scenarios, and record their successes and failures in order to get a comprehensive view of what they are testing. We should act no different when studying our bodies to determine our fitness gains and losses. I have a few ways to determine my fitness results that helped over the years and I’ll share them with you:
How clothes fit you
Body Fat Testing
This is probably one of the best methods for measuring fat loss. Body fat is a more precise indicator for people who want the “six-pack” or want to trim. People always concentrate on losing weight, but what you really want to do is lose fat. I’ve seen transformation pictures from people who didn’t lose weight, but gained muscle and lost fat weight and looked ripped! You can do this using the US Navy method of measuring body fat, or get a body fat caliper and measure that way (Google those, I’m being lazy with the links). I measure my body fat weekly, as I have a current goal to be 9% body fat (which is the percentage I believe I can see my abs 100% and be at a nice size. I’m between 13-15% now).
I own a measuring tape (like the tailors have). I measure my neck, stomach, and waist weekly to see the change there as well. Seeing movement on those measurements prove that what you do is either working or failing, and gives you a tangible look at your successes.