Is the Scale Evil?

I came across Phil’s amazing transformation the other day, and it just reiterated to me how insignificant the scale is as a measure of progress. Quite often on their fitness journey, people comment that the scale is not moving as fast as they want it to. When I started my fitness journey, I was the same way. I “only” lost 13 lbs in my first 90 days and honestly, I was quite ticked about that as I expected to be completely ripped after 90 days.
It’s true that the scale is easiest and most convenient way to measure progress; no question. However, it’s important to understand that the scale is a very crude measure of progress, and there are much better ways to measure. We’ve all heard that you should measure your inches and take note of how your clothes are fitting. Below, I share with you 2 additional tips to measure progress.

Have to believe Phil only lost 5 lbs, right?


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We’ve all seen the models of 5 lbs of muscle vs. 5 lbs of fat. As you can see, 5 lbs of fat takes up more than twice the space of 5 lbs of muscle. Would it be cool to lose 10 lbs of fat and gain 10 lbs of muscle?

2 Tips For Measuring Progress

Tip #1: “Measure” your habits

Instead of measuring your weight, wouldn’t it be more productive to measure the habits that will cause your weight to be in a healthy range? Here are some habits to measure:

Habit #1: How many times have you consumed processed foods in the last 90 days? If more than a few times, you probably have work to do.
Habit #2: How many meals have you eaten in the last 90 days where the salad was the main dish? If less than 90, you probably have work to do.
Habit #3: How many times have you worked out in the last 90 days? If less than 65, you probably have work to do.

There are many more habits that can be measured, but these are just a few to start with.

Tip #2: Look in the mirror

Thank you Coach Stewart, a.k.a. Captain Obvious. Seriously though, the mirror is one of the most common ways I measure my own progress. I look in the mirror with just a pair of shorts or underwear on. What I see is a reflection of my lifestyle i.e., habits. As mentioned in tip #1 if my habits are on point, I am naturally where I want to be. So what is the point in weighing myself? At that point, my weight is just some number.


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