Tuesday, July 01, 2014
Relying too much on the scale can be discouraging. If I'm eating right, exercising, and practicing a healthy lifestyle, I can be losing fat & building muscle, and I will look and feel great in my clothes, but the scale won't display that success.
That's why I invite you to take your measurements every 1st of the month. For the month of June, I lost half an inch on hips, and half an inch on waist, but only lost .8 pounds!
~Inches in Pants~
I fit into the smallest size pants in my closet. I'm going to have to get smaller pants for fall. Pants sizes run about 2 inches per size. I started my weight loss journey in tight 18W/2x, now I'm in a loose 12, or 10. I would love to be in single digit pants! We don't carry a scale around with us displaying our current weight. People see the body, as the size it is. That's why pants size is a better indication of fat loss than the scale.
Inches may be a better indication of risk for diseases associated with obesity, like diabetes and heart disease. According to the Heart Foundation, a woman's health is at risk if your waist is over 31.5 inches, and at high risk if over 34.5 inches.
~Waist to Height Ratio~
If you're a shorty like me, you might like this rule of thumb: Your waist should be less than half your height.
~Waist to Hip Ratio~
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reports that WTH is a better indication of mortality risk than BMI. Check out Spark People's calculator below:
~ Other non-scale improvements~
1. More definition
2. Better coordination
4. More energy
5. More confidence