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Does self-monitoring my weight loss journey help me to reach my goal?

Yes, implementing self-monitoring strategies during your weight loss period supports behavior change and can positively impact your journey towards reaching your weight loss goal.

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Written by: The Athlete’s FoodCoach, on 19-04-2024
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Why can self-monitoring my weight loss progress help me to reach my goal?

Self-monitoring involves tracking behaviors related to diet, exercise, and overall well-being. These records can be used during evaluation moments throughout your weight loss journey to facilitate behavior change and support progress towards weight loss goals by:

  1. Increasing awareness: Tracking behaviors related to diet, exercise, and overall well-being raises awareness of your habits and patterns, helping you identify areas for improvement and positive changes.
  2. Promoting accountability: Self-monitoring fosters accountability by increasing awareness of how your actions and choices impact your weight loss goals, thus encouraging consistent efforts towards desired outcomes.
  3. Boosting motivation: Regularly monitoring progress and observing tangible results can significantly boost motivation, reinforcing commitment and perseverance throughout your weight loss journey.

How do I get the monitoring of my weight loss journey on point?

Self-monitoring in weight management involves tracking and recording various aspects of your behavior and progress related to diet, exercise, and overall well-being. Consistency is key to making self-monitoring successful in supporting your weight loss journey:

  1. Weight and measurements: Weigh yourself regularly (e.g., weekly) and track changes in your weight over time. Optionally, measure body parts like waist or hip circumference to monitor changes in body composition.
  2. Food logging: Use the FoodCoach app to track your food intake consistently, by smart food logging. Aim to log a total day of food at least 1 day per week, but preferably more for more accurate monitoring, which can help gain insights into your eating patterns and identify areas for improvement during your evaluation.
  3. Exercise logging or syncing: Record details of your exercise sessions, such as the type of activity, duration, and intensity. Use the FoodCoach app to manually log your exercise sessions or ensure automatic syncing by pairing your electronic device with FoodCoach. Take notes of how you feel during and after exercise to assess the impact of your weight loss journey on your performance.
  4. Monitor energy levels and mood: Record your energy levels, mood, and stress levels throughout the day, to note any correlations between your emotions and eating behaviors. This can help you during your evaluation to identify emotional eating patterns.
  5. Keep a (short) journal: Write down your thoughts, feelings, and challenges related to your weight loss journey. This can help you in reflecting on your progress later on.

Use the FoodCoach app to set your weight goal and receive adjusted daily energy needs to reach your weight loss target. For step-by-step support, select the 12 week smart weight loss plan or seek help from a professional FoodCoach.

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