Oftentimes we use the scale as a basis to determine how much weight we lost, without realizing that the scale cannot tell us exactly whether we’re losing weight or not. More so, the scale cannot tell you how much muscles you’ve gained (and weighed) and how much fats you actually lose.
Did you know that the best way to determine whether you’re losing weight or not is by listening to the signals your body is sending you? Understanding your own body’s needs can help you assess your current lifestyle so you can make necessary changes to your fast metabolism diet plan for a continuous weight loss. Start watching out for these 4 signs to determine whether you’re losing weight or not.
1. You Need to Resize Your Rings
When you start losing weight, your finger’s size surprisingly shrink too. This is because your fingers also store fats like the rest of your body. Water retention can increase your ring size and if you’ve lost some weight, the tissue releases those water weight as well as the fats around your fingers. You will also notice this change on your shoe size.
2. You Look Thinner When You Look Yourself On the Mirror
The mirror is deemed to be our greatest enemies in our ‘weight conscious stage’. After all, who wants to be reminded of how we’ve gotten out of control when it comes to our food and lifestyle choices, but before you decide to pack that mirror and hide it in your basement, you might want to think twice!
Mirrors can actually become our best friend when we’re trying to lose weight. You may see yourself developing curves, belly flattened, and lean muscles developed even though you’re not losing weight on the scale. Looking and reflecting at the new you will keep you motivated until you’ve reach your desired weight.
Another way to keep track of your progress is by taking a before and after picture.
3. You Feel Colder than Before
Fats are a natural insulator, so you naturally find yourself able to withstand the chilly breeze every time you go to movie theaters or air-conditioned rooms. But when you started losing weight, you’ll feel yourself becoming sensitive to the changes in temperature and start developing a habit of keeping your sweater or jacket with you when going to cold places!
4. You’re Less than Likely to Crave Sweet Foods
One of the astounding benefits of losing weight is the ability to control your cravings for sweets. You enjoy the perks of losing weight while giving in to your sweet tooth BUT in moderation or none at all. You can also read the article Overcoming Your Sweets Cravings to know more about this topic.
Remember that it’s okay to evaluate your weight loss success on a bigger picture (e.g. weighing on the scale), but it’s also important not to overlook these small but essential changes in your body. Don’t let yourself be enslaved with the numbers projected on the scale. Instead, try to listen to what your body’s telling you and start acting accordingly.