Self tracking has helped me tremendously with weight loss. There is a growing population of self trackers who use digital trackers for a variety of reasons: from losing weight to getting better sleep. A new study shows that “using an electronic diary improves treatment adherence” in weight loss programs. The study found that people who used an electronic personal digital assistant(PDA) did better at keeping a regular fitness/health schedule that those with paper diaries.
I kept a food diary for the first 6 months of my weight loss, before my meals became more regular. I use apps like Walkmeter for my walks, and record my other exercise (weight training, treadmill) in my google calendar. I also weigh myself daily to keep track of my progress. Wearing a belt is also a simple way to gauge your progress.
We have fancy and accurate technology at our disposal, let’s use them to help us improve our health! Do you self-quantify?