Tracking Matters...and I’m Not Just Talking About MacrosAug 29, 2019
Have you ever heard the phrase “what gets measured, gets managed?”
I’m sure you have...and I’m sure deep down you know that this applies to pretty much anything in life -- especially when it comes to money and food.
In this post, I’m not going to dive into the subject of food tracking too much because that’s not what I want to focus on today...BUT, I will mention it briefly as it is something I feel a lot of people tend to overlook or misunderstand.
I’ve noticed that a lot of people associate food tracking (or macro tracking) with a negative stigma.
Some people argue that it causes restrictive or obsessive behavior or they just flat out don’t want to take the extra time to learn how to do it efficiently.
The reality is...if you have a specific goal that is related to losing body fat, changing your body composition, optimizing performance, or even just improving your overall health, knowing how much, how little, and what type of food you’re consuming on a daily basis will help you reach that goal a lot faster.
Again, I’m not going to dive into all the reasons why this is the case in this post but check out Do I Need To Track Macros To Lose Weight and Common Mistakes When Tracking Macros for a deep dive into all things tracking!
Although tracking your food may seem daunting at first, I truly believe the benefits far exceed the small learning curve.
Okay, so now we understand why tracking our food is important...but is that the only thing we should be tracking?
If we want to make long-term, practical, and sustainable progress, we MUST understand the importance of looking at the ‘bigger picture'.
What do I mean by the ‘bigger picture’? I mean…
- How are you sleeping?
- What’s your stress level like?
- How’s your energy throughout the day?
- How’s your mood?
- How’s your sex drive?
- What’s your motivation level?
- What’s your exercise performance like?
- How well are you recovering from that exercise?
- What’s your hunger level at different times of the day?
- Are you having cravings?
- How’s your digestion?
Tracking these metrics is something known as biofeedback and it is arguably the most important thing to track when it comes to getting and maintaining long-term results.
Biofeedback is basically all the different signals the body sends us letting us know how well we’re functioning -- hormonally, mentally, emotionally, physically, etc.
Biofeedback helps us keep an eye on our general health and wellbeing so that we can continue to push towards our goals without risking burn out, hormonal dysfunction, and ultimately relapse.
With my one-on-one coaching clients and in the The Flex Fam, I take you step-by-step through how I personally track biofeedback on a daily basis, how you should be tracking it to reach your particular goals, and how to use this feedback to alter your nutrition or workout protocols so that you continue to progress towards your goals in a sustainable and healthy way.
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