Over the last two years, I’ve waxed long about not setting goals about weight (here and here among many others). Focus on changes for health. If your making healthier choices, you will often lose weight and be able to sustain that weight loss. And even if you don’t lose weight, your health will have improved.
However, I recognize that may not be enough for many of us. This year, I’m included. I admit to having some weight loss on my New Year’s resolutions, thanks to some residual baby weight. I am sticking to my previous statements of not JUST having goals of weight loss. I have several other goals for exercise and diet to help me achieve my weight loss.
I read an interesting article with a paradigm shifting idea on weight monitoring. For years, health professionals have recommended only monitoring weight once a week at most. However, recent studies are showing that daily weight monitoring could be beneficial for weight loss.
The article points out that daily weights can help you see more immediate effects of good or bad choices, maybe helping you stick to diet changes more closely. When you cut out late night snacking and see your weight change quickly, you are motivated to keep that up. If you splurge going out one day and you see your weight spike the next day or two, you become more focused on healthy changes again.
I don’t think it is for everyone, but it is something worth considering. What do you think? Share your thoughts in the comments.
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5 thoughts on “New Year, New Goals, New Weight?”
I have a whole lotta experience with this and weighing daily is a total motivator for me! Glad to see I am in good company! 🙂
Thanks for sharing!
Daily weight monitoring is the technique I used to shed 75 lb back in my teens. The advantages were exactly the reasons you stated, Kim. The technique allows for instant gratification…or upset. Thanks for sharing this piece.
Thanks for sharing your story! It is great to hear individual experiences.
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