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February 20, 2018 06:03 PM

How To Properly Track Weight Loss

If you're trying to lose a few pounds, tracking your progress is great motivation. 

But experts say there's a right and wrong way to do it. 

Sherri Rygh has been working out off and on for years. 

"I used to rely just solely on the scale and I would just get so frustrated because I'm like, I'm working out. I'm working so hard, and I'm not losing any weight according to the scale," Rygh said.

When she wasn't getting the results she wanted from the number on the scale, she switched to a tape measure. 

"I've seen inches lost that the scale hasn't even reflected that I've lost weight, but I've gone down like 5 inches. So, that's pretty cool," Rygh said. 

A tape measure can be used on any part of your body where you're trying to lose weight, such as your legs, arms and body circumference. 

Personal trainer Brendan Harberts says the scale is a good tool, but it's not for everyone.

"Weighing yourself is great, but it doesn't tell the whole story. If you're losing body fat but you're also gaining muscle the scale change won't be as much. So, how you feel and how you look in the mirror is just as important," Harberts said. 

If you do plan to use a scale to measure your weight loss, avoid weighing in on Monday's as most people usually consume the most food over the weekends.

According to Harberts, timing is key when it comes to the scale. 

"The most ideal way to weigh yourself is going to be right away in the morning when you wake up, before you eat or drink anything with obviously no shoes or clothes on," Harberts said.  

Harberts suggests not overdoing it when you track your progress, checking only every two weeks. 
Rygh sticks to a 30 day rule.

"I think if you do it every day you'll drive yourself crazy. If waiting 30 days you actually get to see your results, so maybe you'll be a little more surprised and excited," Rygh said. 

For more information on how to use a tape measure to track weight loss, click here. 

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