We all know there’s no silver bullet to bring instant success in weight loss and health, or to keeping it off once we’ve managed to lose weight to begin with.
It takes a lifetime shift in our eating mindset and habits. We’re highlighting two of those habits that will help you kick start your weight loss journey: daily weigh-ins and meal replacement shakes.
Habit one: Daily weigh-in
It’s hard to manage your weight if you don’t know how much you weigh. Though it may seem overkill to step on the scale every single day, daily weigh-ins are a key tool to build awareness. This one habit helps you monitor how well your efforts are creating results.
Of course, it’s important to remember that daily weight will fluctuate up and down day to day a little bit, thanks to retained water after a salty meal, hormones or numerous other reasons.
But when you’re weighing yourself daily, you start to get a sense of when you’re just seeing a normal up-and-down fluctuation and when that needle is ticking up and up and up.
Sustainable weight loss is a journey
Consistency is key, says Kerry Grann, a principal research scientist at Amway who works on the BodyKey™ SmartLoss™ program and associated products.
With a daily weight marker, she explains, you can reflect on choices made day by day, making it possible to see how those choices may be affecting your progress and allowing you to get back on track.
“Success is measured by the journey,” she said. “It’s all about that feedback.”
Keeping on track
In fact, the BodyKey™ SmartLoss™ program, which uses a free smartphone app, relies on your height, weight, age, gender and weight loss goal to build its SmartLoss™ Graph. It accurately projects weight loss while using the program, adjusting for changes along the way.
When your daily weight registers within the graph’s projected “zone of success,” the app will display green flags all the way. But if your cheat days or weekend binges take you off that trajectory, your SmartLoss™ Graph will signal a yellow warning flag or a red alert flag.
“Your graph tells you how well you are following your BodyKey™ SmartLoss™ eating plan, and consistency is key,” Kerry said. “One cheat day here and there may trigger a yellow or red flag, but if you get right back on track, you will see green flags again.”
Habit two: Meal replacements
When you first start your journey to a healthy lifestyle, it can be overwhelming. There is so much to learn, so many changes to make—right down to your grocery shopping habits.
Research shows that meal replacement shakes and bars can help kick start your weight loss. They’re also great for getting back on track if your daily weigh-ins are going in the wrong direction.
Easing into change
Perhaps the success from meal replacements is due to a removal of “decision fatigue,” which can result in depleted willpower and not so healthy food choices.
“One of the reasons meal replacements are such a great tool, especially when you’re starting a weight loss program, is because you don’t have to think,” Grann said. “They make it easier when you’re trying to implement a lot of different lifestyle changes.”
When you’re planning your day with two meal replacement shakes and one healthy meal, that’s just one meal you have to figure out. All the other decisions are already made.
That’s why the BodyKey™ SmartLoss™ program recommends starting with two meal replacements a day for the first four weeks. Not worrying about two meals a day provides more time to ease into those new, healthier shopping and eating habits.
These two simple habits are key tools to use in your weight loss efforts. To learn more about the BodyKey™ SmartLoss™ program and the products that support it, visit the website for Amway US or Amway Canada.