Post # 1
Pounds or inches?
I guess this could also be “how do you know you’re getting fatter” for those who (like me) don’t really proactively do anything to stay/become fit.
ETA: There’s obviously always going to be a combination of things, but which one is most important to you? or which do you focus on when focusing on fitness/getting into shape?
Post # 3
What the scale says and how my clothes are fitting.
Post # 4
Fit of my clothes…… I gain weight (muscle weighs more!) when I am working out, so I avoid the scale. I will keep track of my body fat as well!
Post # 5
I do both – because I want the mental ‘win’ of the scale, but I know measuring is the best way. My current problem is the closer I get to my goal weight – the more defeating both measurements are (those small measurement increments are frustrating and I always feel like I can cheat the tape measure by pulling a little more snuggly!).
I tend to use “how do my jeans fit and what loop is my belt”, more than anything….
Post # 6
I use how my clothes fit and how I look in the mirror mainly.
Even once in a while, I get my body fat % calculated.
Post # 7
I said other – I track performance, both in terms of running time/amount I can finish in a given time on the machine, and in terms of how much I am able to weightlift. Also, since I play pickup ultimate pretty regularly, how well I am playing is the most important fitness indicator to me even if it’s not all that accurate (I could be getting open more because someone else got slower, but it still feels good!).
I specifically avoid weighing (useless with my body type and fitness routine) and measuring (way too easy for me to get obsessive about it), though I do pay a little attention to how clothes fit. I’m either a terrible judge or a freak of nature, though, since my clothes always feel looser when I eat more and exercise less.
Post # 8
I was compulsively checking the scale until I hit my goal weight, but once I started gaining muscle I stopped, and now I focus only on how my clothes fit.
Post # 9
I use the scale to set goals, but taking measurements and seeing how my clothes fit tend to be the things that really make me go, “Wow, I’m making progress!”
Post # 10
I can’t really listen to the scale too clsoely.
#1 – My weight is higher than it looks – which is a good thing I guess, to look lighter than I am, but I think it means that I’m kinda build like a brick, with a large frame and more muscle than it’d seem under the piles of fatty fatness – it may be more compact, but it’s heavy. Which also means that just using my height and weight to estimate BMI isn’t quite accurate.
#2 – I did about 70 days of the precusor to P90X, Power 90, before falling off the aagon due to sickness, and while I lost noticable inches, the scale did not budge until around day 60, and this is with a combination of watching waht I ate AND working out 6 days a week. AND it was only a couple of pounds. The strenth training helped shed inches, but it did nothing for a while to shed pounds – I was exchanging fat for muscle, whish is denser, and more compact, but a pound of muscle is still a pound of muscle. This was pretty common for a lot of woemn I was talking to on the P90 message boards.
I think being able to fit (or not) into clothes is a really good way to check your ‘weight’ status. Even without being able to keep up with 100% regular exercise, I still fit into the clothes I amnaged to drop into last year, so I guess I haven’t lost as much ground as I feared.
Post # 11
I find it’s really easy to fixate on the number on the scale, but it doesn’t seem like the healthiest option, haha. Seems like I’m not totally alone in that, at least.
Post # 12
A pound of muscle weighs the same as a pound of fat. When you work out and gain lean muscle, you are also burning fat. They preach this at WW meetings.