For many people, especially those on a diet, weight is very often the determinant of everything. We are able to measure ourselves every day, after each meal, and any gram, even additives, immediately put us in a bad mood. Should we really do this? Is weight really an indicator of what our reduction process looks like, how our body changes, how our appearance improves?
Not necessarily! The weight during the day can vary up to 2 kilograms. All we have to do is drink more water or eat a more generous dinner, and we will immediately notice this change in weight. Therefore, it’s not unequivocal and it’s certainly not worth worrying about it in a special way. What to do? How to check it? Certainly, a much better choice will be measuring ourselves, which is definitely a more effective and more reliable result for us. In this case, however, you need to know exactly where we measured, so as to get a reliable result.
But let’s start from the beginning. In this article you will want to show how we should weigh and how we should measure ourselves to get good results, ones that will show us whether our reduction brings satisfying results or not.
The most popular method, but not exactly accurate and reliable. We know how much we weigh, we have a kind of control over whether our kilograms go up or down, but we don’t really have any information about what the percentage of fat, muscle, water or overall body proportions looks like. Just that the weight stands on an uneven surface, the result will be forged. Before menstruation, the weight goes up. We will drink a lot of water, there are more kilograms. However, there are a few rules to keep in mind, and then weighing will make the best sense. So how do we weigh ourselves?
• In the same conditions – preferably in the morning, on an empty stomach, and after a visit to the toilet.
• Naked or in light clothes, without shoes
• Not too often, preferably once a week
• Not after training
• putting your feet in the middle of the scale
• Having the scale placed on a straight surface
• Several times to see if the result is accurate
• Not before the period because the result will be significantly overstated
A much better solution in terms of weighting is a device that measures weight as well as analysing body composition. Such a test is very short, but extremely accurate, because it provides us with all necessary information regarding the measurement of muscle, fat and water in our body. How is this tested? Weak, safe electrical signals pass through our body, which allow us to get the result using the electrodes on the device. Such a test is usually performed by a dietician or in a fitness club and it gives a full picture of how our body looks, and what it consists of in what percentages.
How to measure yourself
Measuring is definitely a better method when it comes to progress of weight loss, of course, provided that we measure ourselves in the same place. Often, the weight goes up, but we look slimmer. Is this a mistake? Absolutely not. If we stick to the diet and do the exercise, it certainly contributes to the increase in muscle mass, and as you know, muscles weigh far more than fat. What’s more, muscle mass takes up less space than fat mass. Weighing ourselves, we will not get a reliable result, but by measuring the circumferences of the body, we will definitely be able to see if the body is slimmer or not.
It’s very important to always measure yourself in the same places. Of course, it’s best to do it in the morning, on an empty stomach, after using the toilet. Do not measure during ovulation, as well as before or during menstruation. It’s necessary to take measurements regularly, once a week. Where are the measurements taken?
• breast circumference – we measure without underwear, at the height of the nipples
• arm circumference – we measure on a relaxed muscle
• waist circumference – we measure apnoea, without sucking in our stomach or breathing out
• belly circumference – we best measure at the height of the navel
• hip circumference – we measure at the widest part of the pelvis
• thigh circumference – measure while standing in the widest place
If we are on a reduction diet and want to check the progress of our fight with kilograms, then it’s definitely worth focusing on measuring the circumference, which is the best way to check your body and the changes that occur in it. Of course, you can do weight measurements once a week, but they are not reliable and may differ significantly. And if you do not want to stress measuring or weighing, it’s best if we focus on our reflection in the mirror, because that’s the only way we can get the desired result.