A scale not for all time the most precise way of measuring progress. Moreover, it should always never, ever resolve your perception of your progress.
Though that scale can be a real and give the right expected result , sometimes it can also be a helpful method and tool when you are shedding significant amounts of weight in the body and certain dimensions you might need to measure the range within a given period of time. I find that with people who have 30 or more pounds to lose, then a scale can be the most and best way to measure the progress. What you do not want is to find yourself negotiating over one pound, you are suppose to measure yourself every single day and the progress you are putting in or losing away. Weighing yourself every single day, or connect with others to know how awesome you are.
Furthermore, it is obvious that, the scale, or any tool for measuring loss of fats in your body, is not going to inform you how strong you have grown or how strong you are. Still, the physical transformations that occurs in your body are still a very encouraging part of achieving a lifestyle that is very fit to all of us. We all have the perception that you should train and do exercise to be strong.
Let us have some methods that can be used to measure the transformations that occurs in our bodies ;
- Progress Pictures
Taking pictures of your self is an efficient method to know the transformations that happens in you, take two photos that you took in your different times of the years and try to compare the difference in them , and you must have seen the body transformations without necessarily using any scale for the feature are quite physical.
As we had said that this method might not be very accurate way, like you experienced some lose of body fats and even a gain of muscle, photos can tell you very little about this. This might be the most appropriate way to some but it’s better to note the following;
- Photos can be more helpful this way if you have someone else to take the photos and make the comparison between the two.
- Lighting matters. Find the finest possible lighting for all your photos each time you will like to take a progress picture, this means not only taking the photo at the same area but also at the same time of the day.
- Attire should be consistent. This might sound funny but, the attire that you were in during the progress photo must be consistent , if you were in a yellow bikini maintain the same for all your photos, this enables for easier comparison of the changes
- Pictures must be at a time period of about once every 2-4 weeks.
- Your cloths
The other factor to consider is the way your clothes fit you. Is an easier and somewhat more accurate mechanism to determine your body transformation. The most fundamental thing is that your body is changing so make sure you mind the kind of cloth that you put on and one that can enable the other to judge the variations in the body, so ensure that you do not stretch out or minimize the piece of clothing you’re using . Remember putting on the same type of cloth or even washing it, for this makes the cloth to stretch out, hence this may make the defect in the recording or the body changes.
- Percentage of body fats
It is important to understand that the body composition and weight are not equal. Sometimes your mass can be going up as your fats in the body goes down. And hence they do not take the same amount of space, because obviously muscle are more dense , than the fats.
The shortcoming of this method is the skin fold that tend to cheat one on the changes in the body, and hence inconsistence comes in as the major cause of mistakes.
- Waist and Hip Circumference
This is done by noting the place where you place the measuring tape and this must be consistent, the same level and place every time you do the measurements and ensure you keep the tape slightly loose . For the measuring of the waist you can measure at belly button or around the slim part of your waist. For the hip, use widest part of the hip and at the same level each time.
After this keep a detailed log of the measurements you have been taking and you will be comparing the difference in the inches.