There are several ways of measuring weight loss. Losing weight is more than just logging the number on the scale; it is also about observing changes in your body. Some of these changes may be hard for you to see (especially if the weight on the scale seems to be fluctuating), but there might a reason for it, you could be gaining muscle. Follow these tricks to assess your progress and celebrate all of the off-scale victories.


Take a few selfies. Sometimes it can be difficult to see progress, especially when you look at your body at least a few times a day. That is why pictures are useful tools. Try snapping a picture every week. Before taking a photo of yourself, make sure that you are wearing the same clothing and using the same lighting.


Keep track of a healthy habit.  Pick a new healthy habit, like eating fruits or vegetables, and monitor consistency. Make sure to Journal It!

Test your strength and endurance. Use a pedometer to keep track of your steps. Even if you only gain a few steps, write it down. Follow the same procedure, to check your strength.

Reach for the measuring tape. Using a tape measure can help show how much fat you are losing as opposed to just weight. For best results measure yourself in the morning. Overall, you’ll want to measure your waist, hips, legs, arms, and chest. Record your measurements and watch as you make headway to your goals.

Ask a friend. It can be hard to realize differences in your weight, that’s where friends and family can help. Take note of compliments, appreciate each one, and be proud of your success.

This information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be an exhaustive examination of the subject matter nor a substitute for medical advice. Always consult your primary care physician or healthcare provider before beginning any diet or exercise program