Tracking Weight Loss Progress On Low Carb


 

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Tracking My Weight Loss Progress

Tracking¬†my¬†weight loss progress was for me a frustrating and painful ordeal. Often times we want to continuously keep track of¬†our weight loss progress. This is so we stay¬†motivated and continue moving toward the weight loss¬†goal we’ve set-up for ourselves. What happens though, when we hit that dreaded speed bump and our weight loss stalls? Or worse yet, when we experience an increase in weight after strict adherence to a said¬†diet’s guidelines.

In the beginning of my weight loss journey I started out by weighing myself daily. At first this was a deeply satisfying experience. It was visual validation that I was progressing closer toward my weight loss goal. In those first few weeks the pounds were dropping off. This in itself was proof¬†that this way of eating was working for me and keeping me motivated. As the weeks churned on though my weight loss progress slowed way down. It became increasingly frustrating to go through with the daily ritual¬†of weighing myself. There was the fear that I would be disappointed at what the scale was going to¬†show. I had become what I like to term, “a slave to my scale.” The scale had become my sole means of tracking my weight loss progress. It dictated how I would feel and cope with the day ahead.

Shifting Gears

I kept up with this daily ritual until, like driving a car, I shifted gears. I’d come across an article that helped me finally cut off my dependency on the scale and instead use in its place a simple, but very effective¬†means to gauge my weight loss progress. What this article suggested was employing the use of clothes, old or new, as a motivational means of monitoring how I was progressing.

For me, this is when an old pair of jeans I hadn’t worn in years came in to play. At first I could barely get them over my hips. I thought at the time that I would never be able to button them let alone zip them up. Then gradually week by week I began to notice how they were beginning to fit. What eventually ended up happening is that they still ended up retired to my closet, but now it’s because they are too big!

Regardless of what¬†the fluctuating scale numbers displayed, I knew that I was burning fat and losing weight. My body was losing inches of fat that I had failed to¬†acknowledge because of my dependency on that scale for validation. I fondly recall something a friend once told me, and it was that, “clothes don’t lie.” This method of weight loss tracking gave me the¬†means of gauging and validating how well I was doing. Putting¬†that old pair of jeans to¬†good use also gave me the motivational push I needed at times when that damn scale was reluctant to confirm it.

Tips To Keep The Momentum Going

1. Don’t be tempted to jump on the¬†scale everyday for validation. Doing so¬†is counterproductive¬†and you set yourself up¬†for¬†becoming¬†frustrated and discouraged when you don’t see the results¬†you expect.

2.Please keep in mind is¬†that everyone loses weight at different rates. It’s important to realize and accept that there will always be factors that influence how much you weigh on any given day. Sometimes all it takes is time and patient determination for weight to finally start coming off.

3. Stay focused and try to keep up a positive attitude. This will help boost mental strength and motivation. My mental strength and motivation came from that old pair of jeans. The closer I got to buttoning them the better I felt about what I was doing for myself. Think about that the next time the scale is reluctant to give you the validation you might be seeking to keep you going.

Until next time, Happy Low Carbing


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Mike

Mike is a proud UCLA Bruin and low carb recipe enthusiast. He resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico with his dog Bella. Together they are living the Dream.

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