As a dietitian, I’ve worked with many clients towards weight loss and weight management goals. To get there, we typically start with a change in their nutrition or fitness routine. Simple, right? Weight management is easy… eat less and move more. But, less than what? And more than what? And let’s be honest, weight management really isn’t THAT easy.
After working with hundreds of clients who are struggling to see weight loss, those who see the most success are those who make changes to what really needs to be changed.
Let’s take a look at what the word “change” really means. The Merriam-Webster dictionary states that “change is to become different or transform”. Inherently we should know that in order to become different, we have to know what we are doing rig ht now. Example: if you want to change your wall color, you need to know that it’s currently white and that you want to paint it blue.
What am I trying to say? Many times when we set health goals with an intended outcome of weight management, we don’t set them in reference to where we are, but rather in reference to what we think will get us there. We see recommendations that tell us to walk 10,000 steps per day, but if you’re already getting 10,000 steps and start tracking it, you won’t see change because you haven’t changed anything. You’re exactly where you were!
In order to see meaningful change, your first action should be to figure out where you are starting.
This is also why I use a Fitbit and track other health actions such as water intake.
If your 2015 New Year’s goal was to lose weight and you’re reading this today and you haven’t seen much change, take a moment to evaluate what you are currently doing. Track your eating habits for a week without making a change. Track your exercise, your activity, and your water intake. Then sit and look at your current health habits – these are the things that are keeping you right where you are! You’ll see them more clearly with real data.
Then after you have a solid baseline and understanding of what you are doing, pinpoint one to two things to change. [Yes, just one to two!]
I’m sure you heard this saying from your parents or grandparents – “Those who don’t know history are bound to repeat it.”? The same goes for your health. If you don’t know where you’re coming from, it’s hard to make any change going forward!
Track away friends 🙂