If you think you’ve hit a plateau in your fitness program, don’t quit. First check to see if you really have stopped making progress.

Most people get hung up on scale weight only. But the scale is affected by many hidden factors (such as water intake, sodium intake, etc.). And while you may not be getting lighter, you could still be losing inches. Here are three good ways to judge how well your fat-loss plan is working:

  1. Grab a tape measure once a week and measure your chest, your upper arms, around your belly button, and at your waist. Keep a written record of the measurements over time.
  2. Have your body fat tested at a gym or with a body-fat scale on a regular basis.
  3. Just look in the mirror! (After all, isn’t looking better what you’re really going for?)
[Ed. Note: Fitness expert Craig Ballantyne is the creator of the Turbulence Training for Fat Loss system. For a free online source of information, motivation, and social support to help you improve your health, lose weight, and get fit, sign up for ETR’s free natural health e-letter.]

Craig Ballantyne

Craig Ballantyne is the author of The Perfect Day Formula: How to Own the Day and Control Your Life. Craig has been a contributor to Men’s Health magazine for over 17 years. Today he teaches his gift high-performing entrepreneurs how to squeeze more out of their days, increase their income, and make more quality time for their families in his Perfect Life Workshop and Work-Life Mastery programs. Craig used his own advice to overcome crippling anxiety attacks in 2006, and he’ll teach you his 5 Pillars of Success so you can increase your income, decrease your work time, and live the life of your dreams. Learn more about Craig at craigballantyne.com