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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 November 20, 2018

10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

A new year beautifully symbolizes a new chapter opening in the book that is your life. But while so many people like you aspire to achieve ambitious goals, only 12% of you will ever experience the taste of victory. Sound bad? It is. 156 million people (that’s 156,000,000) will probably give up on their resolution before you can say “confetti.” Keep on reading to learn why New Year’s resolutions fail (and how to succeed).

Note: Since losing weight is the most common New Year’s resolution, I chose to focus on weight loss (but these principles can be applied to just about any goal you think of — make it work for you!).

1. You’re treating a marathon like a sprint.

Slow and steady habit change might not be sexy, but it’s a lot more effective than the “I want it ALL and I want it NOW!” mentality. Small changes stick better because they aren’t intimidating (if you do it right, you’ll barely even notice them!).

If you have a lot of bad habits today, the last thing you need to do is remodel your entire life overnight. Want to lose weight? Stop it with the crash diets and excessive exercise plans. Instead of following a super restrictive plan that bans anything fun, add one positive habit per week. For example, you could start with something easy like drinking more water during your first week. The following week, you could move on to eating 3 fruits and veggies every day. And the next week, you could aim to eat a fistful of protein at every meal.

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2. You put the cart before the horse.

“Supplementing” a crappy diet is stupid, so don’t even think about it. Focus on the actions that produce the overwhelming amount of results. If it’s not important, don’t worry about it.

3. You don’t believe in yourself.

A failure to act can cripple you before you leave the starting line. If you’ve tried (and failed) to set a New Year’s resolution (or several) in the past, I know it might be hard to believe in yourself. Doubt is a nagging voice in your head that will resist personal growth with every ounce of its being. The only way to defeat doubt is to believe in yourself. Who cares if you’ve failed a time or two? This year, you can try again (but better this time).

4. Too much thinking, not enough doing.

The best self-help book in the world can’t save you if you fail to take action. Yes, seek inspiration and knowledge, but only as much as you can realistically apply to your life. If you can put just one thing you learn from every book or article you read into practice, you’ll be on the fast track to success.

5. You’re in too much of a hurry.

If it was quick-and-easy, everybody would do it, so it’s in your best interest to exercise your patience muscles.

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6. You don’t enjoy the process.

Is it any wonder people struggle with their weight when they see eating as a chore and exercise as a dreadful bore? The best fitness plan is one that causes the least interruption to your daily life. The goal isn’t to add stress to your life, but rather to remove it.

The best of us couldn’t bring ourselves to do something we hate consistently, so make getting in shape fun, however you’ve gotta do it. That could be participating in a sport you love, exercising with a good friend or two, joining a group exercise class so you can meet new people, or giving yourself one “free day” per week where you forget about your training plan and exercise in any way you please.

7. You’re trying too hard.

Unless you want to experience some nasty cravings, don’t deprive your body of pleasure. The more you tell yourself you can’t have a food, the more you’re going to want it. As long as you’re making positive choices 80-90% of the time, don’t sweat the occasional indulgence.

8. You don’t track your progress.

Keeping a written record of your training progress will help you sustain an “I CAN do this” attitude. All you need is a notebook and a pen. For every workout, record what exercises you do, the number of repetitions performed, and how much weight you used if applicable. Your goal? Do better next time. Improving your best performance on a regular basis offers positive feedback that will encourage you to keep going.

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9. You have no social support.

It can be hard to stay motivated when you feel alone. The good news? You’re not alone: far from it. Post a status on Facebook asking your friends if anybody would like to be your gym or accountability buddy. If you know a co-worker who shares your goal, try to coordinate your lunch time and go out together so you’ll be more likely to make positive decisions. Join a support group of like-minded folks on Facebook, LinkedIn, or elsewhere on the internet. Strength in numbers is powerful, so use it to your advantage.

10. You know your what but not your why.

The biggest reason why most New Year’s resolutions fail: you know what you want but you not why you want it.

Yes: you want to get fit, lose weight, or be healthy… but why is your goal important to you? For example:

Do you want to be fit so you can be a positive example that your children can admire and look up to?

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Do you want to lose fat so you’ll feel more confident and sexy in your body than ever before?

Do you want to be healthy so you’ll have increased clarity, energy, and focus that would carry over into every single aspect of your life?

Whether you’re getting in shape because you want to live longer, be a good example, boost your energy, feel confident, have an excuse to buy hot new clothes, or increase your likelihood of getting laid (hey, I’m not here to judge) is up to you. Forget about any preconceived notions and be true to yourself.

  • The more specific you can make your goal,
  • The more vivid it will be in your imagination,
  • The more encouraged you’ll be,
  • The more likely it is you will succeed (because yes, you CAN do this!).

I hope this guide to why New Year’s resolutions fail helps you achieve your goals this year. If you found this helpful, please pass it along to some friends so they can be successful just like you. What do you hope to accomplish next year?

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