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Six Benefits to Monitoring Your Fats Consistently

Six Benefits to Monitoring Your Fats Consistently

Whenever you have a goal to achieve, you should keep track of your progress including the factors that could directly or indirectly affect the outcome of it. This is known as self-monitoring. Through self-monitoring, you are tasked to keep track and analyze the thoughts and actions that you have done towards your goal. In the aspect of losing weight, self-monitoring is a must. Here are a few benefits on how monitoring fat intake using a body fat analyzer can impact your weight-loss goal positively.

1. You are going to eat less

Once the numbers are flashed right before your eyes, you will become more conscious of them and eat less food. You would not want the numbers to rise. That is why every food that you consume comes with some consciousness on how it will affect your weight. The simple task of jotting down the amount of food intake, body weight, and duration of exercise done, will have a big effect on your overall performance.

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2. More energy for exercise

Once you start recording your progress, you will see the effects of what you are doing out of exercise and diet, and you will feel more motivated to do more. This should not surprise anyone because it is part of human nature to get inspired once we enjoy the fruits of our labor. However, the downside to this strategy is that we become too complacent, and fail to maintain the work level needed for losing weight.

3. You are slowly rewarded for it

For most people, especially those who are obese, feel rewarded when they have noticed that they have dropped even just a pound. This does not mean that they have now reached their goals of being slim or fit, however they are assured that they are in the right direction because of the fat monitoring that they do. They may not see the effects when they look at themselves in the mirror, but they know that they weigh less this time around than the last time they faced the mirror.

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4. The goal of losing weight seems easier to achieve

When you use statistics as your foundation, the target weight you are trying to reach becomes much easier to achieve, because you can keep track of your progress. If you suffer setbacks, then you know how to get back up, because the numbers are there to remind you of having reached your milestone goals.

5. Everything becomes a game you are trying to win

If you are a competitive person, this would be helpful for you. With statistics as the basis of your progress or regress, your entire weight loss program becomes a game that you are trying to win. In addition to work and sacrifices that you put into it, you have fun because you see the numbers changing to your advantage.

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6. Statistics give you flexibility

Now that you completely understand how the numbers go up and down depending on the amount of work you put in the gym, and the amount of food that you consume, you are able to assess your weight loss program based on your time and effort. You can skip a few gym sessions. If you know the number of hours that you need, you can work overtime later to compensate for any absences. You can also choose to have a cheat day in your diet because you already know the right diet that you need to practice in the future.

7. You can be more flexible about what, when, and how much you eat

Tracking your food intake and exercise levels allows you to budget your time, calories, and food choices with greater flexibility, which can help you lose weight. Studies have shown that flexible dieters — those who are able to make small adjustments to their eating habits when necessary– are more successful than those who attempt to stick to stringent rules.

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Last Updated on January 14, 2019

7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

From Atkins to Paleo to eating gluten-free despite not being one of the rare few people afflicted with celiac disease, fad diets are everywhere. It drives me crazy because I believe these diets do more harm than good. Your body is made up of a variety of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals, and losing weight healthily isn’t possible when you fill your body with unnecessary synthetic plastics, sugars, and powders. There’s no easy button in life.

What you need to do is exercise, which isn’t very appealing to many people. Workouts take work, so there’s already a stigma involved in going to the gym. Starting a healthy workout regimen becomes easier when you make it fun. If you want to live long and prosper, get off the couch and try these methods to turn your workout into a playout.

1. Take the scenic route.

Walking is an easy way to transition to a healthy lifestyle, and it’s free. Not only do you burn calories (check out this calculator for how many calories you burn based on your weight), but you see the world in a different way. Hiking in nature is great if you have access to it, but don’t let living in an urban area deter you from walking.

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Whenever I’m creatively stuck I get my head straight by walking a couple of miles. It’s also how I discover new paths, meet new people, and stumble upon hole-in-the-wall spots I never would have found otherwise. You could drive past the same place every day and never appreciate the beauty, nor even notice it’s there.

2. Distract yourself.

No matter what exercise routine you choose, use the time to meditate. You may wonder how marathon runners are able to put so many miles on their bodies. It’s because the pain from running that you avoid is something they’ve learned to harness to enter a transcendental state. If you’re aware of the benefits of meditation and exercise but don’t have time to do both, you can combine them, killing two birds with one healthy stone.

3. Listen to music or podcasts.

There are few experiences in life more pleasurable than turning up the music and drowning out the world around you. With so many podcasts and music apps available on your smartphone, you can easily find entertainment options perfectly suited to your personal tastes. Never worry what people may think of you when working out;instead, crank up the volume and get lost in your own world. You’ll be in shape before you know it.

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4. Bring a friend.

Some people can’t go anywhere alone. While I highly recommend dining out and seeing a movie in a theater alone, having company while exercising is very helpful. It allows you to pace yourself with someone else, and gives you a coach to motivate and push harder than you may have on your own.

Many exercises are safer when done with a friend, and some sports can only be played with another person. Involving others in your goals can mean the difference between success and failure. Just remember to continue exercising if the other person flakes, or they’ll be in control of your health.

5. Accessorize.

There are accessories that can make exercise easier, and sometimes buying a new toy can add some much-needed fun to your routine. With apps like RunKeeper and Nike+, your smartphone is capable of tracking your vitals and progress. Wrist weights can add a new dimension to your workout, and, if you exercise at night, a headlamp can help you see what’s in front of you so you don’t trip.

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For urban runners and power-walkers, one of the biggest obstacles is other people. It’s difficult to get in your meditative zone and enjoy your music when you constantly have to dodge people. To resolve this vexing issue, Runbell, a startup in Tokyo, has developed the runner’s version of the bicycle bell. With this lightweight brass bell warning people you’re approaching from behind, you’re free to maintain your transcendental state while continuing your workout. Head to their Kickstarter campaign to pledge your support.

6. Compete.

A little healthy competition can motivate you to push yourself further in your workout regimen. There are apps like Zombies, Run! which turns your run into a video game, and MyFitnessPal which allows you to connect with others in the exercise community. Whether you’re directly competing with a friend, an online community, or against your previous self, setting goals is the key to reaching them. Running with no destination can feel like an impossible task, and it’s easy to get distracted.

7. Relax.

The best part about exercising is how much you enjoy the downtime. If you think laying on your couch all day is enjoyable, it has nothing on that hour you spend as a couch potato after a rigorous workout. Jay-Z said it best, “in order to experience joy, you need pain.” The harder you push yourself while exercising, the better you’ll feel when you’re relaxing.

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With that said, don’t relax too much, or it loses the effect. It’s okay to indulge every so often. Treat yourself to some junk food you’re craving, imbibe a drink here and there, and spend a day vegging out on your couch. Staying healthy doesn’t have to be torture. Just turn down when you can and dedicate some time to better the health of your body. You only get one.

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