Day 5 of 5: If you’re not measuring your only guessing.
With any goal, especially weight loss, if you start a program, change a method, change your calories, change any variable etc you’ll need to track and see what’s working.
You should be able to answer the “How do I know this to be true?” question. - -
So let’s get to it.
Whatever you're using to track your progress; whether that be the number on the scale, the weight on the stack, the fit of your clothes, the size of your bum etc.
It’s all data. -
That’s it. -
You shouldn't be emotionally fuelled by data. Whether its positive or negative. -
Emotional eating often doesn’t end well. You're also in quarantine with the snack cupboard two steps away. -
This data is information. With this information, comes greater awareness, with greater awareness of what’s happening, puts you in a solid position to do 2 things:
1- Modify your approach if negative
2- Continue with your approach if positive.
How does this look in practice? -
Goal: I want to lose weight:
- Eat healthier and start exercising 3 days a week
- using a scales
2 weeks later...
Scale weights gone up.
Crap, what do I do?
Option 1: Modify my approach.
- Record my food intake for 3 days using MyFitnessPal to see how many calories I’m consuming?
- Keep exercising 3 days a week.
3 days later
- “Noticed I was averaging 2300 calories a day”
- “I also add loads of mayo to my salad”
- “Wtf I’ve been having 471 calories worth of cashew nuts a day”
- “There’re calories in oil?”
-Drop calories to 1850 calories
-Learn proper portion control… Also, google what a small portion of cashews looks like.
11 days later…
- Scales down and cloths are fitting better
You’ll notice, if you’re not tracking in some way and just using the scale alone for progress monitoring, you just won’t know directly what’s working or not working, getting frustrated if things go wrong. -
Like you’ve dived head-first into the unknown -
When you can’t answer the “How do I know this to be true?” question.
Then you’re clearly guessing. -
Take control, stop the frustration and feel empowered. -