How to Track Weight Loss? (Hint: NOT on the Scale!)

 Get-Fit Guy has 3 different ways to measure your weight loss and fitness progress

Ben Greenfield
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You’ve read the Top 6 New Year’s Resolution Mistakes and have been working hard to drop the pounds. But is the scale reflecting what’s going on in your body? Is there a better way to track your weight loss? Since muscle weights more than fat, and you can be trimming your waistline even though the scale isn’t budging, the answer is a definite yes! Here are the best options:

- Body Fat Percentage: In How To Measure Body Fat, we learn that if you add muscle but lose fat, then the scale may not show much change. But a body fat percentage measurement will show your progress.

Waist: Hip Circumference: Measure the narrowest part of your waist and the widest part of your hips then divide the waist number by the hip number. A waist to hip ratio of 0.7 for women and 0.9 for men has been shown to correlate strongly with general health, so this is a good number to track.

Visual Analysis: Your weight loss or body transformation process can be visually assessed. Simply have someone photograph you from the front and the side every 2-3 weeks at minimum. Just don’t snap photos every day as that will make it difficult to see progress.

If you have more questions about which weight loss number you should track, then visit the Get-Fit Guy Facebook page!

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About the Author

Ben Greenfield

Ben Greenfield received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from University of Idaho in sports science and exercise physiology; personal training and strength and conditioning certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA); a sports nutrition certification from the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN), an advanced bicycle fitting certification from Serotta. He has over 11 years’ experience in coaching professional, collegiate, and recreational athletes from all sports, and as helped hundreds of clients achieve weight loss and fitness success.