Normal bathroom scales will only measure your weight. They will not tell you what is happening with your body.
First up, you don’t want to lose weight. You want to lose body fat. Body fat is the health issue. The Houston weight loss center suggests that you need a way to measure your body fat as well as your weight.
Buy a Scale That Measures Your Weight and Body Fat Percentage
You can buy scales that measure your weight and body fat percentage. Buy these and use them. You now have two measures to show you what is happening with your body on your new lifestyle project.
If you have read the previous weight loss tips, you know if you diet without exercising you may lose muscle as well as body fat. This will show on the scales as a loss of weight and an increase in body fat percentage. This is not a good thing. You want to bring the body fat percentage down. Fat is the health issue, not muscle. You want to keep your muscle, or even increase it.
If you exercise, your weight may stay the same or increase, but your body fat percentage will go down. This means you have lost fat and gained muscle. This is a good thing.
What other measurements should you record?
Many people record body part measurements, arms, shoulders, chest, waist, buttocks, thigh, and calf. For this to be useful, you must measure the body part in the same spot each time. Because of the difficulty in measuring the same spot each time most record the waist measurement only. Your waist measurement is an indicator whether you are at risk of developing conditions related to being over-weight or obese.
One other measurement you may want to record is that of your clothes sizes. A decrease in clothes size is a positive indication of overall body fat loss, provided there is also a decrease in body fat percentages.
To summarise, the measurements you should be recording to help you understand what your body is doing on your healthy lifestyle eating plan are:
- Body fat percentage
- Waist measurement
- Clothes sizes
Your biggest expense will be the purchase of your new scales, but you can consider it an investment.