Sara O Brown
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As the famous saying goes- What gets measured, gets managed. If we wish to improvise on something, we must track our progress, analyse it and of course, work hard on it.
Being fit is everybody’s aspiration. To some people it might mean gaining a few pounds, to some it may mean shedding off a few pounds. To others, it may just mean remaining intact. So to keep up to that fitness level, people retort to means of dieting and exercising. But do you really think that it’s so easy?
People are usually caught up in the lure of exercising lesser and lesser with every passing day. That spark of ‘working out’ and ‘eating clean’ gradually diminishes with time, and the efforts minimize. People stop pushing themselves hard and get in their comfort zone, ignoring their ‘fitness goals’.
Thus, self-monitoring is not a piece of cake. It requires a lot of effort, time and determination. You have to keep a check on your eating and exercising habits, and bring about a change in them. You have to ensure that you take a healthy diet along with constantly counting your calories.
Here, we have enlisted 8 reasons how tracking your diet and exercise will help you in weight loss:
Your food intake will decrease:
When you keep a track of how much you are eating and counting calories, you will abstain from eating more. A sense of consciousness will drape you which will help you to lose weight.
So, we should take a note that a simple act as recording our diet will help us in losing weight multitudinously.
You will workout more:
It’s not very surprising to know that people tend to exercise more when they examine their exercising habits. Sometimes, the simple instruments like a pedometer may help people in working out more. These devices just record all the activities which are done by you like walking, standing etc.
Thus, when your actions are recorded, you are motivated to do more of it. Such changing casual behavioural habits like these may also bring about a huge impact on the body.
You will get quick satisfaction:
Often, people get frustrated if they don’t get immediate results. They probably dream of getting the ‘perfect body’ in an overnight. Such people don’t really like to wait if they do not find a difference in them.
We have to understand that achieving a fit body is not an overnight procedure. It takes weeks and even months to attain our goals. However, keeping a regular check may help us in realising if we are moving in the right direction or not.
By tracing the little changes, we might get to know if our choices are actually aiming for weight loss or not.
Your goals seem simple to accomplish:
When you calculate your intake and exercise, the struggle seems easy. The goals which seemed impossible, appear easier to achieve. With self-management and keeping a track on everyday routine, you may make it up.
You can keep a count on the number of calories you are consuming, and plan your meals accordingly. If you eat more on a particular day, you can balance it by either working out more or eating lesser the next time. So, the management becomes easier.
Your Diet and exercise turn into a sport:
Recording the diet makes it fun and healthy. It gradually turns into a kind of sport. The more you do it, the more the want intensifies. You progress with every passing day and try to beat yourself. You strategize and make plans to fight off the shortfall of calories.
Another point to note is that the way you set goals for yourself in sport, similarly you do so in diet and exercise. This further motivates us to be more efficient in reaching our standards.
You become more adjusting:
When you keep a check on your diet and workout, it helps to keep the food and calories in sync. So, in real fact, tracking is actually beneficial and a good means to lose weight in the long run.
It has also been seen that the people who are able to make little variations in their eating habits tend to be more successful.
Let’s say if you’re going to a party and the calories you will be consuming will be more than the usual. You should be able to manage it efficiently by consuming less for some meals thereafter.
Thus, calculation makes things more flexible and simpler.
You can refrain from weight loss plateaus:
As your weight reduces, you need to counterbalance your initial weight with the weight now. You have to adjust your calorie intake and workout plans and manage accordingly.
If you find that you’re lacking behind, you have to be more focused to achieve your goal. On the other hand, if you lose more than what you expected, you will strive to work even harder.
You need not keep away from your favourite food:
It’s hard to abstain from your favourite foodstuffs. It definitely is. You have to compromise with your taste buds if you want to lose weight. And that’s the difficult part. But, it’s not necessary to do so. Go for healthier forms of your best loved items like chocolate.
You can enjoy your food without feeling guilty. With a proper check on your diet, you will know how you have to plan your meal thereafter. So, you can still lose weight if you consume calories accordingly.
- Author Bio/Credentials
Sara O Brown is a working mom, lives with her dentist husband and her adorable dog, Casper. She is passionate about travelling and cooking. She has been a regular contributor for–https://www.tesco.sg/food-love-stories