How Do I Accurately Track My Weight and Fat Loss?

Dear Lifehacker,

When I weigh myself on a scale multiple times a day, sometimes I weigh a lot more in the morning than I do at night. I’ve also heard it’s more important to measure fat loss than weight loss, but how do I track that accurately? I want to measure my progress, but I don’t know how. Please help!

Sincerely,

Losing Track

Dear L.T.,

Tracking your weight and fat loss poses a challenge, but you can do it without a crazy amount of effort. As you mentioned, tracking body weight doesn’t necessarily indicate progress due to a couple of factors. First, you body weight fluctuates greatly throughout the day—anywhere from a few pounds to even as much as 12, depending on your body type, food and water intake, and activity levels. Additionally, gaining weight might indicate positive progress because you’ve gained it in muscle mass. If you do need to reduce your weight to a healthier level, daily monitoring will prove useful. You just have to account for fluctuations, and we’ll discuss how to do that in a bit.

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