3 Ways To Measure Your Progress Without Scales


In this Monday's with Marco edition I want to talk about the scales.

The electronics scales have the ability to make someones day or completely screw up someones whole week!
I'm not saying they should be outlawed and never stepped on again (as they do have a use) but they should never be the determining factor on whether you are getting closer to your goals.

Here is why, and below are some other ways to measure change (outside of the obvious).

When you talk about losing weight, what you usually mean is losing fat and slimming down. You want to lose fat around the hips, thighs, belly, and arms etc. But, the odd thing about slimming down is that it doesn't always mean losing actual weight off the scale.

Here are some reasons why the scale may not be accurate:
1. Using 2 different scales to weigh and re-weigh.
2. The time of day you are weighing yourself changes
3. Water retention when starting a new way of eating
4. Losing fat and adding muscle means the scales can't workout the difference
5. Type of clothing you are wearing


Here are some better ways to measure your progress without having to step on the scales, measure or getting a fancy scan ;)




Can you imagine if this was the other way around? The numbers on the scales were going down but your clothes were getting tighter? 
I think I've made my point.




It's very possible to lean out without actually seeing a change on the scale. This happens when you lose body fat while gaining muscle. Your weight may stay the same, even as you lose inches, a sign that you're moving in the right direction.



Sometimes feedback is greater from people looking from the outside in vs you yourself looking from the inside out. You see yourself everyday and its easy too convince yourself one way or another about your progress but feedback from family, friends, colleagues are usually always a lot more honest and accurate. Part of this feedback is can also be connected to the way you have more of a spring in your step, your attitude and increased positive outlook!


So next time you step on the scales and the number isn't what you expected it to be remember to look at these other progress factors, and it may just make your day!

Happy to help.

Feel free to send this to your family, friends and colleagues and remember let me know what else you want me to write about, video blog or create content for - I am here to help!

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