Tips for Measuring Your Progress
Keeping track of your weight can almost be as hard as losing it. The burden of counting calories and how much you have lost can be so cumbersome that it can distract you from the goal at hand. But according to Dr. Oliver Di Pietro, founder of the KE Diet (www.kediet.com), this doesn’t have to be an issue.
“Losing weight doesn’t happen overnight. Setting small goals that build up to your final goal makes the journey easier,” says Dr. Di Pietro, who has helped hundreds of patients lose weight. Here are what he says are the three easiest and most accurate ways to tracking pound shedding:
- Wake up weigh-in – It’s best to weigh yourself at the same time every day, on the same scale and naked before doing anything else, Dr. di Pietro advises. So a bathroom scale is perfect, right after you wake up or before breakfast.
Grab an app – In today’s society we are constantly on the go. It can be hard to keep track of your progress, and let’s face it, no one wants to carry around a journal. So downloading a good fitness/nutrition app is the way to go. The Mayo Clinic pre-bariatric surgery app ($4.99) is an ideal option.
Make sure you’re measuring up – Sometimes it’s not all about the numbers, Dr. di Pietro cautions. You could be putting on more weight (e.g. muscle), but your waist and other areas could be shrinking. Your best bet is to grab a measuring tape and keep track of your measurements on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.
Finally, remember plateaus do occur and so do variations. Your weight may roller-coaster, but don’t let it distract you from your goal. Stick to a ketogenic diet, exercise regularly, and watch the fat melt away!