Your weight loss results might not always show on the scale. These other signs will prove that you’re on the right track.
The number on your scale might not always be the most accurate representation of whether your healthy diet and regular exercise are paying off. Your hormones, or even what you had for dinner last night cause you to weigh more than you usually do. To tell if you’re really losing weight (and fat), use these other indicators.
Your body measurements have gone down
The good old trusty measuring tape can accurately indicate the exact parts of your body that lost weight. Try measuring your hips, thighs and waist once every couple of weeks – it will give you an accurate indicator of your fat loss in those areas.
(Also read: 7 Hormones That Are Making You Gain Weight)
Your clothes feel roomier
This is one of the simplest way to tell whether you’ve lost weight. Choose a specific piece of clothing to be your “fit”. We recommend using a pair of trousers or jeans. If it feels baggier, you know that you’ve successfully shed some weight. On other hand, if you can no longer fit into them, it’s time to reevaluate your diet plans.
People are asking if you’ve lost weight
It may be hard to track the changes in your own body since you see yourself every day. So if a friend you see occasionally tells you that you’ve lost weight, you can take their word for it as your progress will be more observable to them.
You feel more energetic
Switching to a healthier lifestyle through watching your diet and exercising regularly will give you a boost of energy. You’ll also notice that you’ll be in better spirits when you get a sense of achievement from sticking to your plans.
You’re in better control of your diet
When your body gets used to your diet, you will find that you are able to manage your food cravings and control your portions with less difficulty. As long as you burn more calories than consumed, you will get your desired results.
You look fleshier in old photos
You might not be able to notice the subtle physical changes by looking at yourself every day. A good point of comparison is looking at old photos. You may notice more definition in your arms or perhaps a more prominent jawline now. Pictures don’t lie.
You can run faster
If you find yourself going faster during your runs, chances are you are making progress with your weight loss plans. A study published in the Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise journal found that the subjects ran 89 metres less in 12 minutes for every 5 per cent body weight added.
(Also read: How to Burn More Calories While Running)
You can handle heavier weights
If hitting the gym for some resistance training is part of your weight loss routine, you may find it easier to lift weights or do bodyweight exercises (you go, girl!). Building muscle helps your body burn more calories at rest. Coupled with a balanced diet, you will be torching fat at a faster rate.
(Also read: Weightlifting Myths You Need to Stop Believing)
Your body fat percentage has dropped
Even if your weight has stagnated, take heart. You could have gained muscle and lost fat in the process of exercising and eating right. To be sure, use a body fat analyser or seek out a certified personal trainer to get your body fat and muscle mass measured.