How should you measure progress?
Most people like to use the scales to track their progress, however this should not be the only method you use to measure your progress. To start with if you are training it is likely that you are going to be putting on some muscle mass and we all know muscle weighs more than fat. On top of this your body can fluctuate between 4-6 pounds each time you weigh due to water retention.
In my opinion you should use the scales to measure progress however it should be one of many methods you use. These are the methods I would use to track progress:
1) How your clothes feel – if your clothes are feeling looser you are obviously becoming slimmer. Every now and again you should challenge yourself by trying on something you haven’t been able to fit into for a while or buying a smaller pair of jeans to try on and see if they fit. If you don’t try, you won’t find out!
2) Take some progress photos – Ideally you take every 4 weeks, wearing the same outfit, standing the same way, and in the same place.
3) Measurements – You could measure a few body parts. A good place to start would be to measure around the belly button, chest and top of your thigh. Make sure you measure the same place each time for consistency.
4) How you feel – If you feel great and full of energy then you must be doing something right! Keep it up!
5) Weighing yourself – You can keep track of your weight however I wouldn’t use this as your only way to track progress!
You should use 2/3 of these methods to track your progress.