WEIGHING/MEASURING & TRACKING FOOD: is it necessary?
Food scales, measuring cups, measuring spoons, food labels, and nutrition apps are all tools that can be used to help you when it comes to understanding portion sizes, calories, and the macronutrient makeup of foods. These are tools just like body scales, tape measures, body mass scanners, free weights, treadmills, stair steppers, Zumba classes, yoga, (and the list goes on) that can be used to help you reach your health and fitness goals; whether that be weight loss, weight gain, better controlled blood sugars, improved cardiovascular health, or just overall improved health in general.
You have the ability to choose what tools go into your toolbox throughout your own journey. You decide what foods you eat, what workouts you do, what apps you use, and how you measure your progress. There are thousands of accounts on here that will tell you EXACTLY how you should workout, eat, and track your progress. However, no account, no coach, no doctor, no dietitian can force you to follow through with their recommendations. ✨ do you HAVE to weigh yourself daily? - No but it can help show you whether your weight is trending downward from week to week despite fluctuations.
✨ do you have to weigh your food? - no, but it can help better your understanding of portion sizes
✨ do you have to track what you eat in an app? - no, but tracking can help show you where your diet is lacking, and where it needs to be pulled back. It can show you how you can fit “fun” foods into your diet while still hitting your protein, fiber, and micronutrient goals.
✨ do you have to workout everyday? - no, but working out can improve insulin sensitivity, cardiovascular health, bone density, and overall strength and balance, as well as put you in a calorie deficit or help maintain muscle mass when you ARE in a calorie deficit and losing weight.
These aren’t things that have to be utilized everyday for the rest of your life, but they are options to get you on the right track. If weighing yourself or weighing food or tracking food at all is triggering to you and causes anxiety and/or binging, then absolutely stay away from those things...Cont. 👇