57% of healthy, successful people monitor how much they eat every day. Monitoring how much you eat every day is important because 70% of all weight loss is diet-driven. Each individual has their own unique “caloric threshold”. This is the number of calories you can consume in a day without gaining or losing weight. When you eat too much and exceed your caloric threshold you will gain weight. When you eat less than your caloric threshold you lose weight. Finding your caloric threshold takes 30 days. It involves the following process:
- Each day track everything you eat and calculate the calories for the day.
- Each day calculate cumulative calories by adding up all calories for all days.
- Each day calculate a daily average by dividing the cumulative calories by cumulative days.
- Each day weigh yourself in the morning, after your bowel movement and after any exercise.
This becomes your Tracking Schedule. After 30 days, review your Tracking Schedule. Pay particular attention to those days in which your daily weight remained unchanged from the previous day. The average calories for those days represent your caloric threshold. Once you know your caloric threshold you now have the knowledge you need to lose weight. Losing weight will require that you stay below your caloric threshold. The more days you stay below your caloric threshold during the month, the more weight you will lose for that month.