2 A Bathroom Scale
Body weight isn’t the only way to gauge progress, of course, and you could make a compelling case it’s not even the best one. But it’s definitely the easiest way to attach a number to progress. If you swear you’re making the appropriate changes to your nutrition plan, the scale will certainly provide an invaluable, objective opinion. But it requires that you use it regularly.
Why rely on the scale for guidance? Regular body-fat tests aren’t feasible for most people (and even those require a scale to be truly accurate). The mirror has its place, but in the early days of a transformation doesn’t give much help. And calorie calculators just estimate your calorie needs based on the information you type in.
These handy, simple-to-use tools provide an excellent starting place, but they’re not individualized, and they may recommend taking in too much or too little than you actually need to meet your goals. Using the scale to guide your intake adjustments will confirm your nutrition and exercise plans are heading you in more or less the right direction.
It’s simple: Weigh yourself 2-3 times a week, then average the week’s numbers and compare from the previous week to guide your adjustments (if any). You don’t have to step on every single day. Just make sure you’re weighing yourself at the same time, each time, as your body weight can fluctuate anywhere from 2-4 pounds per day. Hydration status, along with the clothes you are wearing when you step on the scale, can also influence your day-to-day values.