What Should I Do To Monitor That I'm Losing Weight Properly?

Leslie Bonci answers the question: 'How do I Best Monitor my Weight Loss?'

ByABC News
December 22, 2008, 3:55 PM

February 1, 2009 -- Question: What should I do to monitor that I'm losing weight properly?

Answer: A lot of times, when people are losing weight, unless they are on a scale it's difficult to know. We can't always eyeball ourselves and say: "Oh, look at this. I'm shrinking before my eyes." It doesn't always happen. So, if somebody is going to monitor their weight by being on a scale once a week -- scales don't lie.

Secondly, we might think about another way of measuring, which is circumference. For instance, using a tape measure, measuring the circumference of the waist, of the hips; seeing changes over a period of time.

Also, somebody might have a favorite article of clothing, and lo and behold, a couple of weeks into their weight loss plan, those pants are falling down. That's not necessarily a bad thing. Those are all indicators that we're being successful.

And the other thing is you need to think about it every single day. And that means accountability, writing it down so that you are involved in the process, not a passive bystander, you're going to be more successful.