Micromanaging Your Way to Weight Loss

Some are as easy as ABCD, but losing weight is not one of them. People have tried different ways, different weight loss plans, and different exercise regimens to lose weight, and there is simply no hard and fast rule for it. However, I think everyone agrees that weight gain and subsequently weight loss depend on food input and calorie production or better calorie input and calorie production.

Some people have micromanaged to the weight they want and this involves not only taking meticulous notes of what you eat and what they contain, but also how you are going to burn them off through exercise and motivation to stick with the plan.

Here are some of the strategies you can use to micromanage yourself and get fit:

Be realistic

This simply means setting goals that you can achieve. If you are starting to exercise, run, or walk for the first time, don’t start by trying to do everything in one day. Set reasonable goals like, I’ll start with a 30 minute walk or a brisk walk today and depending on how I’m going, I’ll increase it by 5 minutes every 2 days. Having a defined place or number that we want to reach helps to achieve goals and not to abandon them. For example, today I will run on the treadmill for 45 minutes at level 10 or lift 10 kg dumbbells. 3 sets of ten is much easier to accomplish than saying, I’ll run on the treadmill until I’m tired.

Avoid the temptation

This is easy to say, but difficult to do. This implies avoiding situations that make you break with your already defined eating routine. Things like a friend’s birthday party, going to the movies with friends, or just hanging out. You have to prepare before you venture or don’t go. You should have a plan of what you will eat and the response you will give when they offer you something to eat so that you do not seem rude or decide to please them only once. The latter is dangerous because either you find yourself indulging yourself more often or deciding that since you’ve already broken your rule, you’d better give up all the time.

Stick to your plan

It is much better to lose weight by eating smaller, more frequent meals than by eating 3 large meals. The biggest problem with the six frequent meals is sticking to it. So what you need to do again is to plan your feeding ahead for the day and take whatever food or snacks you eat with you, so you don’t take what you see when you’re hungry. Another good strategy is to buy smaller plates and, when eating, you can feel your plate and only have one that helps without seconds.

Weigh yourself regularly

The idea behind this is to keep you focused on what you are doing and why you are doing it. It also helps you monitor your progress, and nothing is as motivating as expected results. However, when you step on the scale and notice that you’ve gained weight, it still keeps you in check. At least then you’ll know that more work needs to be done and go through your food list to see what needs to be eliminated.

Measure inlet and outlet

This basically involves keeping track of the calorie content of the food you eat and the calories you burn when you exercise. Well, I will say that it is a bit difficult, especially when you are starting out. Sometimes you just don’t know how to calculate the calories in a meal, but most restaurants, especially in New York, are finding that they list the calorie content on the menu. Measuring what you burn is easier on the machine. I don’t think anyone builds an exercise machine these days without a way to give you a digital view of the calories you are burning.

The weight loss process is a journey for some people that is always on the go, but micromanaging your strategy makes it a destination. The input and output table will help you determine when to step up or down in any part of the equation and this will help you achieve your end goal. Keeping your finger on all aspects of weight loss is a very productive strategy when you focus on it.

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