Many of our readers have fat loss and physique transformation goals. Striving for a leaner physique not only can be beneficial in many ways including less stress on the entire cardiorespiratory system and the skeletal system. Less weight on your frame is less strain on your joints and bones.
When things are going well, it can feel like smooth sailing but when they aren’t it can be frustrating and discouraging.
Which is why, it is important to identify when you are experiencing what are called “non-scale victories” or successes that don’t relate to the numbers.
At our MPower Fitness Boot Camp locations we test body fat, weight and take measurements. We also take photos as another metric for measuring our success. This is especially helpful for seeing changes in ‘muscle tone’ and in the decreases in fat over all. For example, we may have lost fat around our mid-section but not see a difference on the tape measure because of the time of day we are getting our waist measured (or time of the month for women). Who doesn’t experience an increase in the waist measurement after eating? We all do. We have stuff in our tummies, so of course that will appear bigger. But we aren’t actually up in body fat. So depending on when you get measurements done, this could be misleading…you might be worried that your waist is actually up when it really is down in body fat.
But all the physique changes aside let’s talk about some other non-scale victories that we can look for and celebrate on our health and fitness journeys:
1- Improved Energy/ Stamina
2- Improved Mood
3- Better Sleep
4- Increased Sex Drive
5- Clothes fitting better
6- Clearer/ healthier skin
7- Less joint pain
8- Less stress
9- Less gas/ constipation
10- and so many more
The fitness journey is a lifelong one and there is much to celebrate along the way- especially when you look for it.
Keep at it and remember you can do it.