Most people use a scale to measure their weight, right? They step on it every morning, or every so often, and gauge their “success” by what that number says. But it turns out, that number may be a less accurate gauge of your weight loss success than other things.

After all, your weight fluctuates throughout the day, the week, and the month depending on your hormones, water retention, and other factors. What if I told you that a better way to measure your weight loss success was hanging in your closet? Yep: your jeans may be a better weight loss tool than your scale.

Nowadays everyone seems to be walking down the streets are wearing tailored trousers, or skinny jeans.

Now, I’m not saying you need to look like you stepped off a fashion runway when you leave the house in order to stay on track.

I know so many people who are married to their scales, when they should be married to their jeans. This is one of things I try to instill into my face to face and online clients.

And today was one of those breakthrough moments when one of my clients during her check in was down 20 inches and told me they were fitting into trousers at work and trousers they have never been able to close before.

If you vacillate from triumph to despair depending on those numbers on the scale, remember that your weight varies depending on the time of the month, hormones, sodium intake and other factors.

A more accurate gauge of how you are managing your weight is to put on and zip up those jeans in your closet.

Go by how you feel in clothes and overall health.