Is Tracking Essential?
Anyone who's worked with me over the past 2 years will know that tracking is a huge part of your journey with me as a client. Not just tracking nutrition, but tracking sleep, digestion, steps, workouts and anything else that relates to your end goal. The way I see it, tracking = data, and data = answers. If we know exactly where things are going wrong, we can figure out exactly how to resume progressing toward your goals. In regards to nutrition, tracking your calories and macros is not essential for fat loss, I would however argue that it is the most effective method. Most people don't want to track their nutrition because of a previous bad experience they've had. The biggest mistake that people make when it comes to tracking their nutrition is setting calorie targets before they've got any (accurate) idea of how many calories they currently consume each day. Regardless of what your goal is, your first priority should be to establish a baseline. How many calories (on average) did you consume over the past 2-4 weeks? Then, you can manipulate this number to help you put in the work. In regards to tracking everything else, I use the same method as above. Find your baseline and work from there. On the other hand, a lot of people don't want to track these things. They think that it's too much work or that they'll become obsessed over the numbers. The biggest thing that I've found with tracking data is actually the opposite. Clients realise just how little that high calorie day or that day you spent lounging on the sofa affects your overall progress. Rather than looking at each day as a pass or fail, you can start looking at your entire life as a whole. So, is tracking essential? No, but I do believe that it's the best way to get to know yourself and make progress not just in the next 4-6 weeks, but whatever your goal may be for the rest of your life. If you have any questions about anything in this post send me an email at Beth@bethlavisfitness.com and let's have a chat. Always here,