WEIGHT LOSS TIP: Maintaining positive motivation is very important when you are trying to lose weight and a way to really destroy your motivation is to focus on seeing an immediate reduction in what you weigh on the scale. Ultimately you want to reduce your body fat level when you are losing weight which is very different from just decreasing what you weigh on the scale. If all you want to do is decrease your scale weight then limit your fluid intake and sit in a sauna and you can quickly lose five or ten pounds of water which is a reduction you will see on the scale immediately. But such weight loss is not real weight loss and does not last which is why your focus should be on losing body fat which is ultimately what makes you look fat and what causes so many of the health problems related to being overweight. There are several ways that you can tell if you are losing fat. You can have you body fat level checked periodically which is the most accurate way to tell if you are losing fat however this method usually requires the assistance of a fitness professional for either a skin fold measurement or underwater weighing which will cost you both time and money.
It is great if you are able to check your body fat level this way but if you can't then I have some simple methods that will not cost you anything. Since fat is much less dense than muscle it means it takes up more space on your body so one of the best ways to tell if you are losing body fat is if your old clothes begin to be looser fitting on your body. Another great way to tell if you are losing body fat is to take a photo of yourself when you start trying to lose weight and then take another photo every week or so and you will begin to notice the positive changes in your body. A tip on taking the pictures is to take them in exactly the same way wearing the same clothes, in the exactly the same place, etc. Ultimately when you reduce your body fat level you will notice a decrease in what you see on the scale however you should never judge you overall weight loss success by your scale weight.