Walking For Weight Loss - Measuring Your
When following a walking
for weight loss program, you need to have a system of measuring if your actions are
being effective or not. If you don’t monitor the changes that you’re experiencing then you’ll never know if what you’re doing is working or
Unfortunately most people will simply jump
on the scales every couple of days to see what’s going on, but this is a BIG
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problem is that you’ll never really know what you’ve lost. We don’t want to lose
muscle because this slows down our metabolic rate and we don’t want to lose water because this
makes us dehydrated making weight loss so much more difficult. But if you just use the scales to
measure progress, how will you know what you’ve lost?
Using weighing scales can determine if your
overall weight is down, but that tells you nothing if what you have lost is mainly water, which is
incidentally what nearly all initial weight loss from diets
fat should be the goal of any walking weight loss program and its success can only be measured by
the amount of fat lost, not an overall reduction in body weight.
advice is to get rid of the scales and instead use these methods of measuring your fat
When measuring around the waist, don’t
tense or pull in your tummy muscles, just stand relaxed. When measuring your hips, stand with
your feet together.
Take your measurements a couple of times
to ensure accuracy
Use skinfold calipers to get your body fat levels. If
you’re a member of a gym, the instructors there should be able to do this for you.
Alternatively you can buy a cheap set of plastic calipers online, they should only cost
between $20.00 - $30.00 and you usually get a ‘how to’ manual thrown in.
you’re still determined to use weighing scales to chart your walking for weight loss progress then do so, but use other
methods as well and never just rely on weighing scales
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