thescaleWeight loss tracking and knowing when you’re making progress toward your goals can provide the motivation you need to keep going. However, it can be hard to tell if you’re making progress if all you have to look at is the scale. The scale only measures weight and often grossly underestimates your progress, if you are trying to lose weight and get fit at the same time. Why? Because when people strive to lose weight they’re really trying to lose fat. But when you’re trying to get fit you’re building strength, endurance, agility, and flexibility, which often results in adding muscle. Muscle weighs more than fat, so while you build muscle and lose fat, your numbers may fluctuate on the scale, but you’ll notice you’re getting tighter and smaller in other ways. So what are the best weight loss tracking methods and practices? Here’s the skinny:

#1 – Use the scale, but only weigh yourself once or twice a month

Too many people weight themselves too often, even daily. Weighing yourself too often can sometimes be discouraging because it can take time to lose weight and it does not account for normal fluctuations that happen (from water retention, hormonal fluctuations, etc.). If you have a goal weight then using a scale will be a weight loss tracking tool you’ll need, but you want to use it sparingly and don’t obsess over the numbers.

#2 – Track your measurements

Since the scale doesn’t reflect the inches you lose from working out, getting tone, and losing fat. Taking measurements is a great way to track your progress and it can be very reassuring when the scale is not giving you the numbers you’re looking for.

When you measure yourself, it’s best to do it in your underwear, or at least in tight clothing. The Skinny Body Care 90 Day Challenge system will allow you to easily record and track your measurements, but you can also jot them down in a notebook, if preferred. I recommend measuring yourself once every couple weeks or once a month.

#3 – Take pictures

Before and after pictures are not just for products and companies! Take a picture of yourself when you decide to make a change… in the beautiful body that you are planning to shape and improve. Then take photos as you hit milestones and look at them side by side. You’ll be surprised how great you look when you compare them!  It’s easy to overlook the subtle differences because you see yourself every day. When you look at pictures side by side, you can better appreciate the beauty of you and all of your hard work!

#4 – Use online tools and smart phone apps

These are my new best friends!  I use My Fitness Pal, Spark People, and the Couch to 5K apps on my phone. My Fitness Pal is a free app that allows you to track your food consumption, in addition to how much you workout and even how much water you drink. It’s a great way to hold yourself accountable and a real eye opener on what you’re doing and how to improve. AWESOME!

#5 – Let how you look and feel be your ultimate guide

As you begin to lose weight and get fit, you’ll start to notice you’ll have more energy and feel empowered by your choice to live a healthier lifestyle. And you can use clothes to inspire and track your progress as well. Do you have a favorite pair of jeans that you can’t fit in anymore? Or a bikini you are planning to put this Summer? Put them up as your inspiration and then try them on every few weeks or at least once a month as you progress. As you start trimming down you’ll start feeling better and better and once you reach your goal you will feel fabulous!

Remember, the entire Skinny Body Care 90 Day Challenge system (including the weight and measurement trackers, as well as fitness and nutrition tips), is 100% free when you place an order for Skinny Fiber! Plus the challenge comes with a chance to win a $1,000 cash bonus!