We’re halfway through 50 Tips for BigLoser, and if you’re following all tips to the last letter, then it’s time to analyse your progress and results. Today’s tip is the importance of timely checks – in this case, a halfway check. And this is one place where a downward spiraling chart is Good News!
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Monitoring your results in a timely way, not in an obsessive way – once in 2 weeks is a good measure to see realistic results.
Let’s look at how best you can do this:
- Avoid weighing yourself, obsessively, every day or every second day. Weight loss, or even weight gain, doesn’t occur overnight.
- Maintain a weight diary with rows and columns for one weighing day a week. For instance, my weighing day is every Monday morning. Jot down your weight with each weighing scale session.
- Weigh yourself at the same time for each weighing session. So if you weigh yourself every Monday morning before breakfast, then this is how you weigh yourself every time.
- Ensure that you don’t wear heavy clothing or shoes when weighing yourself.
- Divide the rows into time-bound checks. You should have a clear picture of what your weight was on the last day of each month.
- Also divide the rows into three month capsules. This will help you check whether your fitness routine is helping progress or not.
- Record weight loss or weight gain and leave comments against the results. For instance, if on Month 5 you gained a kilo was it because you had a 10 day vacation?
Many of you will notice that the weight loss plateau isn’t just something you made up, but that it is actually affecting your BigLoser progress. A lot of you would have been steadily losing 1 lb a week and then found that for the last few weeks, you haven’t moved. Neither down and thankfully, not up either. Chances are that this has happened because you have reached the even balance where the calories burned through exercise and life is equal to the calories consumed. And if you still have kilos to lose, now would be a good time to re-evaluate the diet and up the workout intensity.
Remember, that if you approach healthy weight loss as you would a work or home project – complete with excel sheets, diary entries and above all Accountability, you will win in the end. So get that pen and paper and start recording your BigLoser progress today. Always make notes of what you’re eating and how you are exercising, and you’ll be more mindful of why progress is slow, successful or absent.