Ways To Track weight loss Progress Without Using A Scale ?

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Introduction

Most people do consider the measurement scale as the only way they can use in tracking the loss of weight. They usually measure their weight on a daily basis, weekly or even monthly in order for them to know the number of grams they have lost. However, it should be understood that the scale can be the worst choice you can use in tracking your weight loss. This is because not all the scales that we use are accurate. In fact, the measurement of weight is not such important thing that you need to be worried about. However, the scale is crucial for one to maintain the required weight as you lose some of it. This is because there are somebody changes that are taking place within your body so you need to know where it has reached. There are various ways that you can use to track your weight loss,measure without necessarily using the scales.

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Some of these ways include.

Taking progress photos  Taking photos at the initial stage is very crucial. It will remind you where you started from as you progress to weight loss program. No matter how uncomfortable you may be for the initial shape of your photo it is good to take it. Relying on the scale when you know that you are going to lose water weight, body weight and lean weight can be illogical because the scale cannot measure all of them. However, looking at your mirror and the photos you had earlier taken it can show some imperceptible changes that have occurred to your body.  They will take you a step back and compare you with the present figure.

Progress photos should be taken at intervals in both back and front sides. You need also to have a uniform outfit that you will wear as you take them. By using the same angle and light I am sure you will be able to track the progress of your weight loss.  The use of a tape measure  To know and see whether one is losing his or her weight, a tape measure can be more effective. There are some specific areas that you might need to track their inches as you are under the program. Some of the areas you can track include the hips, chest, biceps, thighs, shoulders and the waist. These are the major areas also in the body where fats are stored. Knowing the appropriate measurement on them can be crucial because they are related to obesity, heart disease, diabetes among others. With the weight loss program the measurements will usually decrease and therefore you will be able to know how fast you are losing weight.

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The clothes  The pair of your clothes you used to wear can be crucial in tracking your weight loss. You need to look at how to fit it is as compared to the period when you had not started to lose your weight. When the clothes are a little loose it is a clear indication that your body is losing weight. At some points, if you notice that your pants are always falling down or they are becoming loose to your body and therefore you need to adjust them to be tight on your body, you can celebrate if it was your goal.   Feeling strong and energetic  According to various studies that have been carried out they have shown that, as the journey of weight loss begins, the victims do become strong with enough energy of doing something they never did alone earlier. In one occasion the participant by the name Ashley told the doctor that he was now able to accomplish a race of 1 mile something that she was unable to do. She also said that she was absolutely strong enough of doing anything.

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A measure of your body fats  Skinfold measurement is usually used to estimate the percentage of fats in our body. Relying on this, the measurement can be done at the initial stage and also as you progress with your weight loss program. Any of the slit change in the measurement is enough for you to track the weight loss progress that you are in.   The retest of some previous benchmark lifts  You need to take some tests on your benchmark before you begin the weight loss program and also as you are in the program. How much weight are you able to lift before and how much weight are you able to lift now? By finding out that you are now able to lift much weight than before is a clear indication of tracking your weight loss. This will make sure that you are heading in the right direction.

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Conclusion  There are so many ways that you can use to track your weight loss than solely relying on the scale. In the article, we have looked at some of these ways. You need to understand that, tracking your weight loss is very crucial in the body since you will be able to know whether you are heading in the right direction or not.

Sneaky Culprits of Weight Gain and Loss

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Introduction

One of the biggest frustrations to some people is the battle of weight fluctuation. There are those who want to gain more weight and also there are those who want to lose. You may think that you are doing all you can in order to gain or lose weight only to find out the opposite of your expectations. In some cases the culprits of weight gain,weight loss are sneaky.   Sneaky Culprits of Weight Gain or loss  There are so many sneaky culprits that can cause unexplained weight gain in the body. For those of you who have experienced the frustrations on the weight gain, you need to check on them. They include  You drink a lot of water- water is so important to the body. However, excess intake of water can lead to unexplained weight gain.

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This is because the excess water is being held by the tissues, organs, and muscles, this later leads to gain of more weight. This does not mean that you have gained fats no, it’s that you lacked water and hence now it has been absorbed by body cells.  Higher intake of sodium than the usual one- excess sodium can lead to a temporary gain of weight. The foods that are in rich of sodium element are able to retain more water in your gut. It later leads the belly to become distended and gain more weight.   Too much stress- when stress increases or become chronic in one, there is usually poor nutritional choices that one makes. In one research it showed that eating can be one way of reducing stress. When one is stressed there is the production of cortisol, this is a hormone that interferes with the weight loss of an individual. To do away with stress you need to ensure that your mind is engaged, for instance, having a walk, go to yoga lessons; watch a given comedy among other activities.

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Eating extra carbs- taking a high amount of carbs can lead to weight gain. Carbs are able to hold more water and this leads to gain of weight. This is the reasons why those people who eat lower carbs contents are able to lose more weight than those who do not.   Eating snacks in the midnight- there are those who usually like taking snacks, ice cream, chips among others in the middle of the night. It should be understood that at the middle night the process of metabolism is usually low. This means that the body is inactive and hence it cannot burn off what you are eating. This will end up to gaining more weight. So if you do not want to gain weight keep off from night snacks.

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Thyroid fatigue- this gland is the master in burning excess fats in the body. Under the normal circumstance, the gland is able to reduce the metabolism process and hence a reduction in weight loss. However, if it has been affected it can lead to weight loss. It is good to consult your doctor whenever you experience symptoms that are not normal.   Imbalances of sex hormone- the imbalance of sex hormone in the body can affect to both your health and your weight. Eating of foods that disturbs hormone-like soy can lead to a great impact. This makes hormones like estrogen, testosterone among others not to work properly. This may lead to a decreased sex drive, depression and so many symptoms. For those who are experiencing these aspects, they need to seek medication.

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Fat-free foods- Fat-free foods have been in the market for so long. For a long period, they have been associated with those who want to be healthy. So many people have been buying and taking them in plenty. However, various researches have shown that fat-free foods have some harmful ingredients that can lead to weight loss. If you are in need of fat-free salad or any other food, try to understand its ingredients and the effect it may bring to your body. Do not trust the claims that people make about them, it is instead good to make by yourself at your home.   Conclusion  If you are in need of losing or gaining weight you need to be careful. You need to be assured or understand the effect of what is entering your mouth. You also need to know the various options that are available that you can go for. Try to make adjustments on the foods you need to drop or to include on your diet.