Don’t get me wrong, if you have weight loss goals, it definitely can be helpful during the initial stages to keep track of the amount of calories you’re consuming. I used My Fitness Pal for a few months when I first started out. It keeps you accountable and helps you to learn what a typical day of eating should look like and what does and doesn’t work. And weighing yourself semi-regularly can also be a helpful tool. But it’s not absolutely necessary and shouldn’t be done too frequently.
In fact, a much more accurate way to track weight loss progress is by recording your body composition measurements, such as waist, hip, neck, and thigh circumferences. Fat loss isn’t always indicated by a drop in the number on the scale. In fact, it’s possible to lose fat and see your weight increase (due to increased muscle mass). So don’t let the scale be a constant roller-coaster-like source of frustration and discouragement. Pay more attention to how your clothes feel, how your body feels. And if your adamant about keeping track of your progress in some quantitative way, get a tape measure and record your circumference measurements.
The most important thing though, is to pay attention to your body. When first starting a weight loss plan, it’s really easy to feel discouraged if you accidentally go over your daily calorie allowance (even if it’s just by a few calories) or if you don’t see the number you were hoping for on the scale when it’s time to weigh in. And at that point motivation might start to dwindle and giving up doesn’t seem like a half bad option. If you can use a minor setback like such as motivation to work harder the next day, then that’s great. But that mindset is rare and not always the case, which is why most times it’s better to base your fitness and health goals on how you feel, rather than on a number.