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Understanding the Scale, Bloat, and Weight Loss Trends

Note: Despite all of the resources on scale weight, the "whoosh effect," bloat, and whatnot, I've yet to find a comprehensive guide that addresses the finer parts of fat loss interpretation for both the trainee and the coach. This is my attempt at such.

There are few morning things that have the power to absolutely dictate my mood for the day. A loss in my fantasy league, for example, will pretty much ensure that I'm scowling even on the nicest of days.

More relevant thing to you, my dear reader, is the number that I see when I step on the scale while I'm on a fat loss diet.

Fortunately the scale reading is only a number. Like all pieces of data, this number may or may not be an accurate reflection of whether or not you are losing fat.

Let's look at problems with over relying on your scale weight and how we can better interpret said weight.

Detailed Analysis of My Current Time/Habit/Life Tracking

On SEBASTIAN MARSHALL

One of the things I've gotten tremendous amounts of mileage out of it is tracking my time, habits, and life each day.

To put it simply - I now realize it's impossible to understand how your life is going without some careful observation. There's a lot of time each day, and knowing where that time goes, what you ate, what you did and didn't do... it's almost impossible to get a good picture of your life without some kind of measuring.

I'm going to you my newest tracking template, and then I'll give some analysis. Before I start though, I'd like to share a quote -

“A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that worked. A complex system designed from scratch never works and cannot be patched up to make it work. You have to start over, beginning with a working simple system.” -John Gall

Thus, if you want to track your time, please do not attempt to track 20 things at once, because it's unlikely to work. I started very simply, as I described in "The Evolution of My Time/Habit/Life Tracking" - I'd recommend you read that post if you want to do something like this.

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