A Cinch by the Inch


Let’s say that your weight loss goals have included adding more physical activity and regular exercise.  And you’ve been doing quite well with that, thank you very much.  But the bathroom scale has been your only means of measuring your progress.  And you’re not seeing as much change in total pounds as you were hoping.

Here’s what you do.  You go find a nice, big, very heavy sledge hammer and smash your scale into teeny weenie pieces.  Unless, of course, you have a .38 Special, then you just shoot it to smithereens.  (Admit it, you’ve been secretly wanting to do that for a long time.)

You feel better but you’re minus a scale.

Now is a good time to consider another option for measuring weight loss progress.   Two words — body measurements.  

Lean muscle is more compact than body fat.  It takes up less space.  Your measurements can show you that your body size is changing even when there is little or no change in weight.  You’re getting leaner even when you don’t get much lighter!

Here’s what you do.  (For real, this time.)  Select three body areas.  For example, waist, hips and thighs.  Use a tape measure and measure each area.  Total the number of inches and write it down.  Then, as you continue with your weight management plan, take these measurements regularly.  Maybe, twice a month.  Be sure you measure in the same three body areas each time.  Do this for a few months.

Your body size in inches is decreasing.  Your shape is changing.  Your clothes have a slightly looser fit.  Your weight is probably changing, too.  But you wouldn’t know that because you demolished your scale.  Oops.  Go get a brand spanking new one.  Yours was old anyway.

About Luanna Diller

Luanna Diller's professional expertise includes nutrition, health behavior change, and wellness. She has over three decades of experience in counseling, teaching and motivating thousands of clients to achieve healthier lifestyles. She is a wife, mom to a teenager and a young adult, Registered Dietitian and Christian women’s ministries leader. She is a creative cook, loves to dance and recently discovered a knack for hand making glass beads.
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