Take a look at these progress pictures showing six months effort by my client Angela.
You can see a big difference. How many pounds do you think she’s down from the “before” to the “after?” At least five, maybe 10? Maybe even more??
Between those two pics is a total of four pounds.
If you’re saying “that’s it??” hold up. That may not sound like much, but she also dropped over 12 inches and 1% body fat.
Plus, there’s the proof right there in those pictures. Her body changed a lot even if four pounds doesn’t seem like it.
(This isn’t even her full transformation. From April to January Angela lost over 23 pounds, more than 34 inches and reduced her body fat 6%!)
Angela is a great example of why I always tell clients to measure progress in many different ways, not just the scale. Track measurements, body fat, pictures, how clothes fit, and other people’s feedback and comments about your appearance.
We tend to expect progress to look very impressive in terms of overall “weight” lost. The truth is, what we all should be striving for is body composition change, not weight loss.
What’s more impactful, dropping inches, losing body fat and being leaner and tighter… OR weighing less on the scale?
(Clearly a trick question!)
As you work towards your own progress, I hope Angela will serve as an example that scale weight is only one (small) indicator of progress and should only be considered with all the other factors I mentioned above.
Because you look at yourself in the mirror every day, it can be hard to notice as your body changes. Taking measurements and pictures gives you concrete proof of your progress.