WHY? I think that is one of the most important questions to ask. Why is what motivates us to do ANYTHING on this earth. And in all honesty, when a person looks at the behaviors we tend to do without question on a daily basis, we have a clear and reasonable reason WHY we do the things we do.
Think about the things we do on a daily basis:
Brushing our teeth
Going to work
Paying our bills
The list goes on and on.
We have a clear knowledge of WHY we do these everyday things, and we do them without thinking whether we like them or not.
They are part of the LIFESTYLE we want.
The WHY for today I have been asking myself related to weight loss and fitness is this:
WHY have the Sparkpeople basics been so difficult for me to incorporate?
Not to stroke my own ego here, but I happen to find myself to be an intelligent, modern woman. I read magazines, books, I search out research before I buy a washer, a good pair of shoes. BUT WHY NOT IMPLEMENT THIS LEVEL OF DEDICATION TO MY WEIGHT LOSS?
In all honesty, I wasn't getting the WHY. I can't blame Sparkpeople. Every tool we need REALLY is right here. The easiest food tracker to use that I have EVER seen is here for me to use FOR FREE. I can even enter calories on my "smart" phone when I can't get to a computer. Gee, Sparkpeople must think tracking my food is very important. BUT WHY????? WHY is it soooo important to track my food? If I kind of know how many calories a day I eat, isn't that enough?
I went out in search of some answers to the WHY'S recently. Here is some interesting pieces of information to answer some of the WHY's, at least to food tracking.
1. Overweight and Obese people have been shown to inaccurately count calorie and activity levels. Don't buy it? here is a study: www.nejm.org/doi/full/10
Obese individuals have been show to underestimate their calories by up to 40% a day. How is THAT for slowing your weight loss.
2. So you can SEE what you are doing, right or wrong. If you gain 2 pounds in a week, you need to have all the information in front of you in order to figure out what went wrong. Did you eat 1/2 a cheesecake? Did you eat 3000mg of sodium a day and are you retaining water? Did you eat 3000 calories a day? Did you eat 1500 calories a day, but TONS of carbs? HONEST tracking will give you some valuable information.
3. Food journals/tracking lead to MORE weight loss. Here is another link:
Tracking our food intake on Sparkpeople is the BEST way to get your weight loss going. In MY opinion, it is MORE important than exercise. If you can only focus on ONE thing when starting your weight loss journey, start with tracking your food.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR FOOD TRACKING THE MOST USEFUL:
1. Buy a digital food scale (walmart and target have models for about $20) and measure EVERY thing before you eat it. If you weigh it, you KNOW what you are eating. Yes, even weigh your bread from the loaf. Food labels CAN AND ARE inaccurate.
2. Set your food tracker so it can be shared. If you are stalled with weight loss, others in your team groups can click on your tracker and give some helpful advice. That has helped me a LOT.
If you do NOTHING else on Sparkpeople, track your food intake. It is amazing the things we can miss if we aren't watching. For those of you out there who are desperately trying to figure out WHY your weight loss is stalled, I beg you to make your goal for the week to track everything you eat for a week. Just try it.