Tracking weight loss can be a great way of helping to ensure that you stay on track with your goals. There are a number of components and factors which typically go into a weight loss program, and it can be hard to keep them all straight in your memory. Keeping a log will help to keep you focused in this way and will also give you the chance to maintain records of your progress.
There are several different types of logs which you can consider keeping and which may help in this regard. Because most people looking to lose weight will do so through a combination of activity or exercise and dietary changes, these are two types of logs which are helpful. Read on for some more information on tracking weight loss.
An exercise log is a good way to not only chart your progress with exercise, but to also make sure that you stay on schedule and on track. Each week, set up your goals for the week in a calendar. As you go through the week, update your calendar each day with the exercising that you did and compare it against your goals. At the end of the week, you'll be able to see how you performed in comparison with your goals as well as how difficult your goals were for you to attain. This is also beneficial because it allows you to see what your workouts are doing and how they're changing over a longer period of time as well.
A food journal is another great way to maintain a record of how you're doing with your weight loss goals. Because the foods that you eat have such a dramatic impact on your weight, it's crucial that you eat food that will help to work toward your weight loss goals instead of hindering them. Write down every food that you eat in a food journal and keep track of what you eat each day, however big or small. You may be surprised to find out how much you snack or that you're missing out on important nutritional elements by doing so. Continue to tinker with your diet until you find the right mix of healthy foods.
Finally, it's a good idea to keep a weight journal or log as well. Weigh yourself regularly (once a week is usually a good bet) and keep track of the results. Note how your weight fluctuates, whether it goes up or down, and how this is related to the exercise and the food that you ate from the previous week. For the most accurate results, weigh yourself at the same time of day each week; your weight naturally shifts throughout the day, and this will give you the most accurate reading for your weight overall.
For more information and for further tips on how to track your weight loss, ask a doctor.