Stepping on a scale to measure your progress can be counterproductive. That's because the scale doesn't give a complete picture of your progress and misses other factors that can give you a more accurate measurement of how far you've come.
Here are four alternatives to the scale for gauging your fitness progress.
1. Do the Pants Test
Take out a pair of pants that fit snugly before you began your new, healthy habits. Are you able to ease into them, when before you had to sit (or lie) down and yank them up your legs? Keep a pair of snug or skinny jeans handy to use to measure your progress.
2. Run the Numbers
Take out the tape and watch the measurements of your waist, arms, neck and hips change. Even if you're not losing pounds, you could be losing inches all over your body as you gain muscle and tone up.
3. Gauge Your Energy
Monitor how eating healthy and exercising regularly affects your energy levels. As you progress, not only will you be able to work out for longer intervals of time, but you'll actually have more energy during the day.
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4. Listen to Your Friends
Have your friends and coworkers commented on how you look? Sometimes you're the last one to notice a difference because you see yourself every single day and it's hard to notice the subtle changes in your body after time. Take compliments from others as a cue you're on track.
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