This week’s Corporate Wellness events focused on the power of self-montitoring (food logs, measuring out food, etc). I wanted to pass along some of the key takeaways with you.
“What gets measured, gets managed.”
Although weighing out your food portions may seem like a hassle, it can be beneficial, especially if you are trying to lose weight or want to better control your blood sugar levels.
If you want to improve on something, you need to track your progress, and the behaviors that lead to progress. So, if you want to manage your weight, you need to measure your weight. and measure the two things that control your weight — your eating and exercise habits.
1. You’ll Get More Fit! When people measure and record what, when, and/or how much they eat, — they usually eat less, and lose weight as the result. The people who tend to be the most fit also tend to be the most diligent about self tracking.
2. Instant Win! One of the reasons dieters often fail is because they don’t see immediate results. Overweight people tend to pursue immediate rewards rather than waiting for larger, delayed ones.
Weight loss usually doesn’t start until a week or two after you’ve created some healthy habits and a true caloric deficit. It often takes far longer than that for you to see more major changes in your appearance.
Self tracking gives you immediate feedback on how your choices accelerate or hinder your progress. You can break your larger goals into smaller, more manageable daily targets.
This can make eating healthy almost like a strategy game. It also lets you be more flexible about your eating and exercise habits. Self tracking also lets you put minor mistakes into perspective, and take action to correct those mistakes.
Bottom Line: If you want to lose weight and/or become more fit, you need to become more of your behavior.