Ditch The Scales

Along with avoiding detoxes and extreme diets, you should also ditch the scales if weight loss is one of your goals for 2015. If you have a morning ritual of weighing yourself, STOP!

The scale can only give you a numerical reflection of your relationship with gravity. It doesn’t tell you anything about your body composition. Becoming obsessed with a number on a scale is not healthy.

scaleSource: RawforBeauty.com

Personally I’m constantly hovering around 74-75kg. If I don’t exercise I actually lose weight, simply because I’m losing muscle mass. And after a hard training session, I can weigh 1kg less due to sweating.

Here are a few ways to track your progress without jumping on the scale.

  1. Measuring Tape. The two most common sites for measurement are your waist and hip circumference. Make sure you measure at the same location every time. For the waist you can measure at the belly button or around the slimmest part of your waist. For the hip, measure at the widest part.
  2. Your Clothes. How well your clothes fit is an easy way of gauging your body’s transformation. As you reduce your body fat, your jeans/skirt should become looser.
  3. Selfies. Photos can show the changes your body is undergoing. When taking progress photos, ensure that the lighting, location and attire (better to show more skin) are consistent. Photos should be taken every 2 to 4 weeks.

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Andrew is the owner and principal trainer of Health Jigsaw. He is a highly sought-after trainer and has been a personal trainer since 1997. Andrew has previously worked in a five-star luxury resort, large fitness centres and an exclusive personal training studio.

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