Keeping a daily journal of any form up to date takes a considerable amount of effort and discipline. A daily weight loss journal is no different and that’s why the vast majority of people trying to lose weight don’t record their weight change over time.
I'm going to simplify things by labeling a weight loss journal as a place to record just your body weight each day without also documenting other things like exercises, how you felt that day, what foods your ate, etc - if you’re already routinely recording your body weight and these somewhere then I bet you’re already successful and have probably already started losing weight – if so, kudos, keep it up! (Click here to see one of our users in action). Also, I’m not suggesting that everyone should turn into ‘type-A’ weight loss journal keepers, focused on religiously recording data, but to encourage you to record your weight frequently as a small experiment over a month or two to see how it effects your weight loss performance.
Traineo is an online weight loss journal with many more tools to help you with your weight loss. If you’re not using traineo as your ‘weight loss journal’ definitely sign up for a free account and get started after reading this.
You’ve probably thought, ‘How can recording my weight in a weight loss journal actually lower it?’ Or, ‘It doesn’t burn calories like going to the gym or reduce your calorie intake like a diet recipe so why bother?’ The value in keeping a weight loss journal isn’t because it gives you immediate results or yields direct returns – a weight loss journal is powerful because it helps you manage and track the performance of your long-term weight loss strategy.
For the same reason it’s hard to imagine any business being successful without a business plan and sales reports to routinely track performance, you’re going to be much more successful if you routinely measure your weight whilst you execute your weight loss plan. Recording your weight each day is extremely objective and ultimately your goal is to effect its change over time by creating a downward trend or maintaining a goal weight. Just like a management team knows to know if they’re strategy is generating profits, you need to know where you are to execute a winning plan. You’ll be surprised at how getting into a routine of recording your weight each day creates a powerful feedback loop between your calorie management strategy and your weight loss goals. It’s one variable each day but it’ll help keep you focused.
Traineo incorporates the power of graphing on top of these concepts. We chose the tagline ‘See Lives Change’ because our mission is to offer visual tools that help people change their lives. With traineo you’re able to compile your data over time and display it all in a very simple weight trend graph, adding traineoPLUS gives you even more management tools that give you incredible insights into where you currently stand and what you need to do to reach your weight loss goal.
Sign-up to traineo then try a risk free 14-day trial of traineoPLUS to see these tools in action – I think you’ll find the information we can provide you enlightening and extremely valuable.
Best of luck with your weight loss goals!