Your scale is a useful tool in tracking fitness and weight loss, but that’s all that it should be: a tool.

If you are basing your daily fitness goals all around the number on your scale, you’re not doing yourself any favors. Because of the obsession many people have with what they weigh when choosing whether to be happy or depressed about their fitness goals, it is widely recommended by experts that the scale only be used weekly or monthly as a helpful tool and not the main predictor of if you’re hitting your fitness goals or not.

In an excerpt from Good Morning America, Dr. Jennifer Ashton explains why women are no longer basing their health on what their scale says. A new fitness trend on social media called “#gainingweightiscool” is all about basing your fitness on how you feel, not the number on the scale. Dr. Ashton thinks there are far better ways to track your progress towards fitness and weight loss.

She asks the following questions:

  • How is your exercise tolerance; can you walk or run upstairs without being winded?
  • How strong are you?
  • How is your total cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar level?
  • How are your clothes fitting?

No matter what the scale says, these 4 questions are far more important for your overall health. Experts also agree that a waist measurement is a far better predictor of overall health than your weight. So if your pants are getting looser, you’re on the right track. As for the saying “Muscle weighs more than fat” believe it. Dr. Ashton says it’s true.

So put away the scale, eat right and exercise to see real results.