“Tracking successful weight loss is sometimes trickier than you’d think. Focusing primarily on weight and stepping on the scale every day might be misleading, cause unnecessary anxiety, and undermine your motivation for no good reason.
The scale is not necessarily your friend. You may want to lose fat – but the scale measures muscles, bone and internal organs as well. Gaining muscle is a good thing. Thus weight or BMI are imperfect ways to measure your progress. This is especially true if you’re just coming off a long period of semi-starvation (which may accompany calorie-counting), as your body may want to restore lost muscle. Starting weight training and gaining muscle can also hide your fat loss.
Losing fat and gaining muscle means great progress, but you may miss this if you only measure your weight. Thus it’s best to quantify body composition as you lose weight. You can do this with a DEXA scan, hydrostatic weights, plethysmography scales and others. But if these are not available, it is smart to also track the disappearance of your belly fat, by measuring your waist circumference.
Here’s how to do it:
Put the measuring tape around your middle, slightly above your belly button (to be exact: at the midpoint between your lowest rib and the top of your hipbone, at your side)
Exhale and relax (don’t suck in your stomach)
Make sure the measuring tape fits snuggly, without compressing your skin
Compare your result to these recommendations:
I recommend aiming for “good” but it’s not always realistic. Young people can usually achieve this, but for some middle-aged or older women, it may be a major victory to get all the way to “decent”.26
I suggest measuring your waist circumference and weight before starting your weight-loss journey and then perhaps once a week or once a month. Write the results down so that you can track your progress. If you want, you can measure more areas: around the buttocks, the chest, the arms, legs, etc.
Please note that your weight can fluctuate up and down several pounds from day to day, depending on fluid balance and digestive system contents. Don’t worry about short-term changes, follow the long-term trend instead.
If you can, try to check other important health markers when starting out, like these:
Blood sugar (fasting blood glucose and/or HbA1c)
Cholesterol profile (including HDL, triglycerides)
These markers are almost universally improved on a low carb diet, even before major weight loss.27 Re-checking these health markers after a few months can be great for your motivation as they’ll usually show that you’re not just losing weight, you’re gaining health too.
PS: Don’t have a measuring tape at home? Try these options:
Use any piece of string. Wrap the string around your waist and cut the string to fit your waist on day one. This string could magically appear to become longer and longer every week you wrap it around your waist.
Comparing how an old pair of jeans fits is also a good option.”
I’m Mary. And I tried it all.
Atkins, Southbeach, Nutrisystem, Weight watchers, Jenny Craig.
And I even listened to that silly baseball guy who talked about the shakes on TV for all those years.
And yet, since I had my second daughter at 28, I haven’t been able to lose any weight…
Well, maybe a few pounds for a little while but then it all comes roaring back when I stop whatever gimmick I’m on that month.
You should’ve seen me in my college days. I was tall, slim and had been blessed by the good lord with an hourglass figure that always turned heads.
Hey, it’s how I attracted my husband Tom!
But after Andrea was born… I couldn’t get back down to my normal 130. I’m 5 foot 7, and that was always a great weight on me.
Yet I’ve spent the better part of 20 years pushing 220 pounds.
Then one sleepless night, I stumbled on a Facebook post…
The post was written by John Barban, a fitness trainer and nutrition expert to the celebrities.
What was so interesting about this post was that John wrote about how he had suffered from uncontrollable weight gain after turning 40— even though he was “the one” celebrities went to whenever they had to lose weight and get fit for a role.
But all his knowledge and experience didn’t matter, no matter what he did, he was not able to lose weight.
So for two years, he dedicated his time and energy to finding a solution to the root cause of his weight gain and to fix it once and for all.
And he finally found it!
The biggest revelation from John’s findings was that age and genetics didn’t play a part as to why men and women in their 40s, 50s and even 60s don’t lose weight.
Instead, they were all gaining uncontrollable weight because of shallow sleep syndrome.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re getting 8 or even 10 hours of sleep a day, if you weren’t in a state of deep sleep, the resulting hormonal changes make sure your body stores fat and throw your fat burning cycles out of whack.
At that moment, it dawned on me that it wasn’t my fault that I could not lose weight…
All of the things I thought I was doing right, all the advice I’d receive from health professionals – starving myself, running until I ached, eliminating carbs, yadda, yadda, yadda — they weren’t really helping me because I wasn’t fixing the root cause of weight gain.
All that time and effort, not to mention thousands of dollars down the drain…
Because I was fed lies by these so called health professionals who merely helped me treat and mask the weight gain “symptoms”…
While all this time, I wasn’t getting the deep sleep I needed causing my body to gain more and more weight.
Can you believe that?
John continued to explain that by following a simple 2-minute “after-dinner ritual”, no matter your age, shape or size, you can overcome shallow sleep syndrome and force your body melt away the unwanted fat.
Despite John showing a “before” picture and an “after” picture of himself from a couple of months ago, I was skeptical about the 2-minute “after-dinner ritual”.
But I owed it to myself to at least give the ritual a try.
And I was desperate to try anything.
You won’t believe what happened next!
In a single week, I lost 9 pounds and could really see the difference right away. My hips seemed slimmer and my jeans started to loosen up.
So I kept following John’s advice and I actually lost 67 pounds total in the next 5 months!
I’m not down to 130, but at my age and for my height, I think 145 is pretty darn good.
I look amazing in a sun dress and I feel 20 years younger… and to tell a bit of a secret… Tom can’t keep his hands off me!
Since then, I have found out that John made it his mission in life to share this healthy weight loss discovery with women all across the world.
John’s discovery has made such a big impact on my life that I would regret it if I did not share his presentation with others.
Imagine waking up every morning full of energy and loving what you see in the mirror…
Imagine enjoying the foods you love: pasta, wine, or even a dessert — completely guilt-free…
And imagine feeling good and living your life without obsessing about every single calorie you eat…
All while knowing your health is being protected by one of the most powerful natural healing rituals ever discovered.
If you’re a woman who has struggled with weight loss, you owe it to yourself to watch John’s presentation and finally have the solution you need to lose weight and take full control of your life once and for all.
The consequences would have been disastrous had I not have strapped on my faith and followed John’s 2-minute “after-dinner” ritual.
I would never be living the life of my dreams right now.
And I would have continued to gain more weight and be inundated with a whole set of chronic diseases including heart-attacks, diabetes and chronic joint pains.
I really hope it has the same impact on you as it did on me. Because the information you’re about to learn has literally saved my life.