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Tracking Your Weight Loss

 Last month we discussed supplements to take while on the keto diet to make sure you feel on top of your game. Something equally important to focus on is tracking your weight loss results.

Before you start out on any weight loss journey, it is key to take note of where you are beginning. Pick yourself up a scale and record your weight. It doesn’t matter when you “weigh in” but you want to make sure that your clothing (or lack of) and the time of day that you weigh is the same every time. You can weigh in daily, weekly, or monthly. Note that weight loss will never be linear and fluctuations are going to occur, regardless of your ef- fort and commitment. It can be helpful to set weight loss goals by future dates, for example, weigh 210 lbs by Christmas and 199 lbs by Valentine’s day. Setting a date makes your goals more achievable.

Purchase a measuring tape and measure a few spots like your chest, waist, and hips monthly or quaterly. You can also add in additional body measurements like your neck, bicep, thigh, or calf. Make sure to clearly write the measurements down and store them in a safe place for future reference. You can even snap a photo with your phone of the measurements, in case you misplace the paper. Measurements are key especially when your weight stays at the same number for a little while. Also, note your beginning clothing sizes as it can be motivating as you move from a size 16 to a 14.

You will never regret having photos of yourself at the begin- ning of your weight loss journey. Being able to visually compare changes in your body and clothing is priceless. It can also be ex- tremely motivating to see how much your body is changing over time. Once you lose the excess weight, you can also refer back to your beginning pictures and remember where you started. See- ing where you were can be motivation enough to maintain your weight loss results and keep you motivated to stay on track.

Joanna Wilcox is Canadian Health and Fitness Influencer from Woodstock, Ontario.

 

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