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When you want to lose weight, you have to have a goal and a plan in place. You need a method to keep track of your progress so you can tell whether or not the weight loss methods are effective. One way to keep track of your progress is by keeping a journal. This article will offer you some tips on how you can use a journal to manage your weight loss plan more effectively.

Get a special journal in which you will record all the information about your diet and exercise routine. Find something that is pocket-sized because you should keep this journal with you all the time. You will record all the foods that you eat and all the physical activities that you engage in. Having the journal with you at all times will allow you to record things right away and not put it off. If you wait until you get home to write it down, you may forget the details.

You are going to have one journal entry for each day. Keep track of the type of exercises that you are doing for that day and how long you did it for. If you are doing repetitions of routines, write down how many you had done. Record the amount of weights lifted if applicable. Write down the distance ran and how long that took you. You should also write down notes about how you feel as you are doing your exercises. Over time, you should feel better as you build up more endurance and stamina.

Write down your goals for the following week, with slightly higher goals than the present week until you reach your ultimate goal. For example, if your ultimate goal is to build up to jogging for five miles each time, and you are running three miles this week, set your goal to running 3.25 miles the following week. Improve your short-term goals little be little and record your progress.

As for the foods you eat during the day, write down what you ate and how much you ate and when you ate it. If you could estimate the calories that you consumed. Do not forget all the snacks and coffees that you may grab during the day. Sometimes you may surprise yourself at how much you actually eat during the day. It all adds up.

It is also helpful if you write down how you feel each day. A positive attitude always brings about better results. When you record your feelings, you may be able to see a pattern of lower activity and more eating on days when you feel stressed out or sad. This is just a way of helping you become aware of possible times when you may overeat to compensate for days when you are feeling bad.

Do not forget to record you weight regularly. It can be weekly or monthly, but do keep a regular record of it.

A journal is useful in helping you see your pattern of progress. You can adjust your activities to improve your progress if you think you are progressing too slowly. Use the suggestions here, and you can fine-tune your weight loss plan to maximize its effectiveness.

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