How to Lose Weight: Measure Your Progress Wisely
If you are working on any diet plan it is necessary to have a check on your measuring progress to track the weight loss process is successful or not.
Often this process is trickier than you would think. If you are stepping on the weight scale every day might be unreliable, a reason for unnecessary nervousness, and decline your motivation for weight loss for no good reason.
To be honest, the scale is not your friend. You may want to lose fat – but the scales measured accumulate weight of muscles, bone and internal organs as well. It is great progress if you are losing fat and gaining muscle, but you may miss this if you only measure your weight. It is a wise approach to also track the loss of your belly fat, by measuring your waist circumference.
Here’s how to do it:
1. Place the measuring tape around your middle of the stomach, slightly above your belly button (to be exact: at the midpoint between your lowest rib and the top of your hipbone, at your side)
2. Stand straight, relax your muscles and exhale.
3. Make sure the measuring tape is fixed properly without squeezing your skin
4. Note the reading appears on the measuring tape.
|Women||Below 31.5 inches (80 cm)||31.5-35 inches (80-88 cm)||Over 35 inches (88 cm)|
|Men||Below 37 inches (94 cm)||37-40 inches (94-102 cm)||Over 40 inches (102 cm)|
Above is the recommended chart, compare your results to it.
I recommend measuring your waist and weight before starting your low carbohydrate diet and then maybe once a week or once a month. Write down all the measurements so that you can track your progress. If you want, you can measure more areas: around the buttocks, the chest, the arms, legs, etc.