How do you measure success beyond the scale? Don’t get frustrated with the weight loss process. Yes, it is okay to weigh yourself from time to time but remember that the numbers on the scales aren’t the only way to measure weight loss success.
Here are some ways to measure success beyond the scale:
• Body Measurements – Body measurements are a helpful number to track instead of just weight since muscle weighs more than fat. Taking measurements of your waist, hips, arms and legs when you start your journey will give you a way to measure progress.
• Clothing Sizes – Even without taking body measurements, you can use clothing as a guide. Are your clothes getting too baggy? Can you comfortably get into a smaller size?
• Weight-Related Health Conditions and Medications – High blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and sleep apnea are just a few of the health conditions that are related to excess weight. Are you taking fewer medications or smaller doses?
• Feeling Comfortable in Public Settings – Having extra weight can cause uncomfortable situations in public settings, such as seats on airplanes or rides at the amusement park.
• Greater Mobility – Maybe your joints and lower back were achy from carrying excess weight or maybe you needed to use a walker or wheelchair. Even something as simple as crossing your legs or tying your shoes is great progress.
• Greater Energy and Endurance – Are you bursting with energy? Examples could be taking longer showers or walking longer distances at faster speeds.
Measuring success should always start with your real goal for weight loss, such as having a better quality of life, feeling comfortable in your skin, having higher energy levels or confidence. Remember, it’s not all about the scales. Refer to the various ways listed in this article to measure success beyond the scale.