Top 5 Tools For Measuring Weight Loss
You have a goal to lose some weight. Great! Now what? First of all, having a goal is a great start. Establishing both short and long term goals is a good idea to keep you on track. Setting a goal you can reach in a relatively short period of time (2-4 weeks) will help keep your mind and body in the game if you have a longer term goal. In terms of weight loss, it’s really important not to get hung up on the number on the scale. Yes, if you’re trying to lose weight, you probably have a number in mind that you want to see when you step on the scale at some point. But what’s most important is your body composition and the fact that you are getting smaller.
Weight Loss Measurement Tools
There are a number of options to choose from. You’ll see my picks include simple and easy to options that are more complicated and give you much more information. Bottom line – choose what works best for you and stick with that method.
I always suggest weighing AND measuring if you’re going to use a scale. Measurements come in handy because they’ll actually tell you whether or not you’re getting smaller in terms of inches. This can point to a body composition change. Let’s say you lose 3 inches within your measurements one week but you don’t lose a pound on the scale. This would be a body composition change which means you may have added some muscle and lost fat. Because of this, the scale did not change but you still lost inches.
My favorite tools are the myo tape for measurements and just a plain old bathroom scale for weight.
MyoTape: This particular measuring tape is great because it helps to maintain the same amount of pressure for each measurement making your outcome more reliable.
Bathroom Scale: You don’t really need anything fancy in terms of a scale. A digital body weight scale is the perfect tool to use. Digital Body Weight Scale
Tanita Body Fat Monitor Scale: If you want more information such as your body fat and body water, a scale such as the Tanita will provide you with just that. Because these types of scales use bioimpedance, they use hydration as a way to measure these extra parameters. TIP: If you purchase one of these types of scales, make sure to always be fully hydrated and try to weigh at the same time of the day in the same conditions every time. Tanita Body Fat Monitor Scale
Hand Held Body Fat Monitor + MyoTape: If you’d rather not see a number on the scale (which is perfectly fine) and you’d rather just track body fat and/or measurements, the Omron hand held body fat monitor is a great choice. Pair it with measurements and you’ve got some solid information to go on and track. Like the Tanita, you’ll want to make sure you’re well hydrated and try to create same environment each time you take the measurement to ensure accurate information. Omron Hand Held Body Fat Monitor
The Skulpt Scanner: The Skulpt device is a hand held device that can measure 24 different muscle groups and identify muscle imbalances and asymmetries to help you perform better. Get It Here
It also measures body fat percentage. A few more features:
- TRAIN SMARTER: know what to work on, perform better, eliminate weaknesses and reduce injury risk
- PREFERRED MUSCLE FITNESS TRACKER and training device of athletes participating in a variety of sports such as crossfit training, swimming, weight lifting and strength training
- INDIVIDUALLY TAILORED FITNESS GUIDANCE tracks your progress in detail and adjusts fitness guidance accordingly; Scan your muscles in the privacy of your own home
- LEADING TECHNOLOGY: Wireless, multi-platform syncs to Apple iPhone, iOS and Android phones via Bluetooth 4.1 & full integration with Apple Health; Convenient, non-wearable usage, water-resistant
When + How Often To Measure
For some reason, it seem like the general rule of thumb is to measure every week. Honestly, it’s a better idea to wait and measure, weigh and/or measure your body fat every two weeks. Give your body a chance to change. One week really isn’t a lot of time so it makes more sense to give yourself that time to make some improvements. It’s really exciting to see results and we’re all motivated by results but slow and steady wins the race.