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Weight Loss Tracking: Essential Part Of A Weight Loss Program

Aug 7, 2008
Weight loss can prove to be a double edged sword with health benefits weighing against drastic changes in the life style, affecting the personality of the individual. Obesity, the disease in which the excess body fat has accumulated to such an extent that the health is at risk is definitely not desirable in any human being.

Health organizations and authorities view obesity as a fundamental and growing public health problem that has to be alleviated by encouraging healthy dietary choices and physical exercise on a population-wide scale and therefore weight loss tools are widely promoted.

Positive effect
Weight loss has a positive effect of the individual in general and also keeps at bay diseases such as diabetes mellitus type 2, sleep apnea, certain types of cancer, osteoarthritis, and most cardiovascular diseases. There is a profound connection of body weight and the mind. Many weight loss trackers motivate the individual to lose weight by maintaining a record of weights, diets etc.

What is BMI?
The Body Mass Index (weight divided by mass squared) plays a vital role in determining how obese a person is- the favorable BMI should be between 25 and 29.9. But all scales and weight measurements can often be untrustworthy when it comes to measuring weight loss, because body fluid levels may fluctuate throughout the day, which can often lead to misleading measurements and alteration of weight loss program. Therefore a weight loss tracker is imperative to measure the weight loss progress. Weight loss tracking correctly interprets fluctuations and helps to stay motivated on the program, by keeping track of the daily caloric intake by an online weight loss tracker, a diary or a diet record.

Graphic weight loss tracking that can be displayed, like a colorful board or chart can be especially motivating, as it becomes a group activity, with encouragement from family or friends.

How to lose weight?
To lose weight we need to take in fewer calories than our body needs, or lose the excess calories through exercise. The most important thing is to find out how much calories are being consumed, on an average, and how much is expended. This is possible by weight loss tools, which include gadgets like a calorie count meter. Once this has been determined, the next step is to identify the weight loss program that appeals to the individual. Various weight loss programs that are used successfully by millions of people around the world are diet programs, meal replacements, and strenuous exercise programs, like gym work outs, gadgets that tone excess flab like sauna belts, gels and weight loss drugs.

The doctors reserve the last option for people who have resisted all other programs to lose weight. Cosmetic surgery is also in vogue nowadays, but the doctors and medical practitioners strongly advise the way to healthy weight loss, is with a combination of diet and exercise, and to maintain the ideal body mass by tracking the weight loss. As any weight loss tracking program, too many diet conditions and exercise may hamper the lifestyle, while too much of indulgence will put the kilos back, so a holistic approach is a must.
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