Tracking your calories, exercise, or weight loss progress is a great way to ensure that you are on the right road to reaching your goal weight. However, you need to do it correctly to achieve the best results. Here are some rules you should always try to follow:
1) Track Daily
First things first, if you are tracking the calories you consume and exercising, do it every day! If you start skipping a day or two you will be likely to get lazy and stop doing it altogether. Tracking is important as it helps you systematically keep track of what you are eating and helps you decide if that particular food or meal has a place in your diet.
2) Weigh Yourself Weekly
When it comes to weighing yourself, doing it once a week is adequate. Your weight fluctuates on a daily basis, and it may be disheartening if you weigh yourself every day and occasionally you see the number on the scale go up. Weighing weekly will give you a better picture of your progress. The same goes for body fat measuring scales. I cover this in detail in Cheeseburger Abs. Remember to measure at approximately the same times.
3) Tell Someone
Stay accountable to your weight loss and tracking by partnering up with someone as their weight loss buddy, or by telling your friends and family about your approach to weight loss. This way someone will remind you to stay true to your goal and continue your efforts.
4) Get Help
In the same way, get some support from your friends and family. When you are feeling down or defeated, turn to them and express to your family so they can give you a motivational boost.
5) Be Realistic
Lastly, be sure to set a realistic caloric limit for yourself. For men, do not go below 1500 calories a day, and for women, do not go below 1200 calories. Eating too little can slow down your metabolism and hamper your weight loss efforts, and that’s certainly not what you want. Don’t believe that all calories are equal. Sugar is your enemy, especially processed fructose. More on this later.
Follow these five weight loss tracking rules and you’ll be on the right road to your ideal weight. Make healthy food choices and exercise regularly to increase your caloric burn and lose weight faster. Also, find a good calorie tracking website to automate your calorie counting, or even better, download an app for your tablet or smartphone so that you can track on the go.
As long as you stick to your calorie limit and maintain your willpower, there will be nothing that can stop you from achieving your goal weight. Keep your head up and good luck! Feel free to leave your best weight loss tips, and I’ll share them with the community. Thanks.