We’ve all been told at one point or another that we need to track what we eat. Not just what we eat, but rather how much we eat per day, the amount of daily carbohydrates we’re getting, how much fat and protein, etc. In fact, if you’ve been paying attention to this blog at all, you’ve probably been told by us to do it at one point or another.
No one really needs it explained to them as to why you should track your intake. That part already makes sense. People are going to either do it or not. No one can force someone to track intake, just like we at this blog can’t force you to. But if you haven’t already, head over to this article and check out why and how to track your results. The same information applies to tracking intake quite well.
In a round about way, there are four types of people:
- Those who don’t track at all.
- Those who track sporadically.
- Those who are anal about tracking.
- Those who track consistently.
Obviously those who don’t track at all aren’t doing themselves any good. With that said, for those that know their body really, really well from years of experimenting (like Wade), tracking isn’t that important. Also, if you don’t have a set goal or you’re roughly your target weight then it doesn’t matter that much then now does it? 😛
Those who track sporadically believe they’re doing quite well because they think if they are monitoring some of the stuff, that’s better than nothing. Sad part is that they are mistaken. That really isn’t that true. I won’t sugar coat it. Sporadically tracking is about equivalent to no tracking. The only advantage it may have for someone, is if that person is someone who normally has a horrible diet. Writing down food allows people with horrible diets to actually see what they’re really eating. Most people don’t even think about it. So I’ll give them that point, but you can’t track anything accurately when it’s just random.
There are some who take the tracking way too seriously and begin tracking every grain that comes within a 15 foot radius of them. These people are doing more harm to themselves than good. Unlike those who track sporadically, people who are anal about their tracking won’t have bad data. In fact, their data will be great. But the issue is that they are over stressing themselves. That time and stress could be much better spent on something else. Just remember the 80/20 rule. 80% of results are from 20% of the work.
Consistency is what you’re after. The difference between consistency and being anal is allowing there to be a margin of error. Being consistent means acknowledging, “None of this is 100% exact and that’s okay.” It can be a hard thing, for people who are anal about tracking, to do. Trust me though, in the long run it’ll make life much easier while getting the same results.
Here at M&G Fitness, we always suggest tracking. Why? Because it can never hurt you as long as you track in a proper and consistent manner. Again, we’re not saying everybody in the world *needs* to track. But a majority of people do. Find what works for you, and the only way to do that is via tracking your results.