Fellas, it’s time we ditch the scales.
If you’ve ever had the ‘weigh-in blues’, you’ll know how easy it is to become obsessed with that number dropping.
Don’t get me wrong, the scale is handy to monitor your progress, but if you base your weight loss purely on that number there is so much you’re missing.
Here are 6 signs you’re making important weight loss progress that your scales won’t show.
Your clothes are looser
Even though the scales may not be budging, your body is still changing and this can be evident in clothes fitting differently. Sooner or later you’ll have two options if you commit to The Man Plan: new pants or a new belt.
A lot of guys don’t even use scales, basing their progress on belt notches and clothes sizes instead. Much less stress that way!
You don’t crave sugar
A lot of people struggle with sugar addiction and cravings, something that leads to weight gain.
While the scales won’t show it, beating your cravings is a massive achievement on your weight loss journey. Losing weight is important, but beating your cravings will enable you to maintain a healthy lifestyle for the long run.
For tips to beat sugar cravings, click here.
You’re getting stronger!
You’ve heard it before and for good reason – muscle does weigh more than fat.
If you’re exercising, chances are you’re putting on muscle while you lose weight. You can lose a kilo of fat and add on a kilo of muscle in a week, but the scale won’t show it. Instead, you’ll go away thinking you’ve made no progress.
If you’re getting stronger or fitter, this is progress that will help you burn more fat in the future.
You have more energy
When your body gets the nutrition it needs you can literally feel the energy boost, it’s like a battery running on empty and then receiving a jolt!
And because you aren’t overdoing sugary foods and high-GI carbs, you won’t get the afternoon slump you may be accustomed to. Having more energy means you can do more of the things you love, which is the best benefit of all.
You’re sleeping better
Obesity increases the amount of fatty tissue in the back of your throat, which can cause snoring and sleep apnoea. Losing weight encourages better quality sleep and reduces the risk of developing sleep apnoea.
So if you’re feeling more rested each day, chances are you’re losing fat in all the right places!
Ultimately, if you’re feeling good, you’re making progress.
Scales are a great way to keep you on track but in the grand scheme of things, weight loss isn’t about a number it’s how you feel.