Let's talk about tracking your gains/losses.
So, if your goal is fat loss, muscle gain or maintaining your weight you can use different methods to track that. The scales, photos, measuring tape, skin callipers, in body scans etc. While all of these methods come with pros and cons, none of them will give you accuracy if you don’t control your variables.
Variables like food in your stomach, time of day, water retention, stress, just worked out, had a shitty sleep, the lighting you took your photo in and many more variables can all throw off the accuracy of your tracking.
To reduce the variables and to get the “most accurate” results means you should be as consistent as possible with your tracking.
Weigh yourself at the same time every morning after you’ve gone to the bathroom and naked or in your underwear and then keep it that way. Don’t weigh yourself in the morning this week and then at night next week.
Taking measurements or photos? The same rule applies, after the bathroom first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. Also with photos, make sure they’re taken in the same lighting and same room to avoid any trickery.
Following these few tips will help you track your progress accurately and not second guess your results. That's if you want to track! Not everyone wants to track. 😁
Photos and measurements are the best!! Are you doing any of these?
From my personal experience with scales, it played with my emotions way too much! Seeing the scales go up and down like a yoyo did my head in and had a huge impact on my moods and mental state throughout the day.
From waking up in the morning and weighing my self and seeing that I had put on 1 kilo or 1.6 kilos would land me in a minefield of what food I ate that day, I would try and eat less to lose that extra 1 kilo I had put on that day, so basically not eating enough to nourish my body, so therefore when your body is not nourished or on too low a calorie input your body gets stressed and you produce cortisol. Too much cortisol in your body will make you gain weight!!
If you choose to weigh yourself, why not try and weigh yourself all day every day just to see the fluctuations that do naturally occur in 1 day. You could even vary 5 kilos.
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