If you are on the journey of losing weight and gaining muscles, Taking body measurements for weight loss can help you to track your fitness. But the scale doesn’t tell the whole story because the transformation of a body requires frequent measurement and the progress of fitness. When you start a workout, your body starts changing. Heart work more efficiently, Blood circulation gets better, and your body grows more cells. As a result, your body starts to learn to change. These changes are necessary for losing weight but it’s hard to accept that we can’t see and feel the change.
If you are getting worried about not changing the scale then maybe it’s time to find a new way to track your fitness progress.
Tips for taking Body Measurements for weight loss
It’s better to know your body fat percentage, it can give you a better idea that how much fat you need to lose and how much workout is required. In this case, it’s possible for your weight scale to remain the same even you get slim and losing fat. You can test your body fat by bioelectric impedance scales, Calipers, Dexa, and Hydrostatic weighing. It takes a lot of effort to lose your body fat. Check it once a week not more than this because checking daily can make you demotivated.
Here are the best and simple ways to track your body measurements other than the scale.
This step doesn’t require any fancy equipment and you can easily do it. By taking body measurements of certain areas of your body can help you to tell that from where you are losing fat and from where not. Go to the craft store and buy a cheap measurement tape for you. Take a Diary or wherever you want to write all the details of your measurements. Now start it by wearing tight clothes like swimsuits or no clothes.
BUST: Measure your chest right at the nipple line by not pulling the measuring tape very tight.
ARM: First measure your upper-arm and then around the largest part of the arm below the elbow.
WAIST: Measure your waist from a half-inch above your belly button.
HIPS: Measure the biggest part around your hips.
THIGHS: Measure your thighs, right, and left by placing the measuring tape on the same point of both legs.
Take your measurements once a month to check while you are losing your weight or not. Make sure whenever you measure your body, try to maintain the same time of the day and under the same conditions.
Set Your Goals
Now you are recording your measurements, it’s time to set your goals. Check your records from time to time and set your fitness goals and strategies for losing weight. Also, take care of your food choices and be aware of how much calories you are taking in daily. Start eating slightly less than your routine and train your stomach to expect less food. Avoid fatty foods and focus more on vegetables and fruits.