I just read a management approach that applies very nicely to fitness. McKinsey, the management consultancy, teaches its junior trainees: “Everything can be measured, and what gets measured gets managed.”
Can you see how that applies to fitness? If we teach people to just measure their weight, that is what they will want to manage. That is what most weight loss companies do. By and large, they fail. I think they fail in the long run because when people stop measuring their weight regularly, they revert to past practises and do not “manage” their weight any more. In our business, we ask people to not focus on their weight when they first start. That is not what we want them to measure first.
Of course, everyone will weigh themselves first just to see where they start from. Then, though, we want them to move on quickly and measure their progress in strength development. Do the exercises. It only takes about 7 minutes! Chris and Joel remind us often during the workouts to count the reps and adjust the weights so we get to momentary positive muscle failure early. In other words, we measure how strong we are getting from one cycle to the next. We want to get stronger so we really focus and do the workouts correctly. Results are apparent. (Our muscle mass grows and that leads to greater calorie burning, even at rest.)
As we get used to the exercise routine, then we are advised to start measuring our food intake. Food Tracker is designed to show us what nutrients (protein, carbs, and fat) we are putting into our bodies and in what amounts. We can see what the ratio is after each entry so we can see if we are getting too much fat or not enough protein. Because that is being measured, we adjust and manage what and how we eat. That leads very naturally to changes in how we “manage” our food intake and that stays with us for life! It is not a diet!
So, let’s do what 7 Minute Workout is all about and by all means, measure the results. Just measure the results that really lead to life-long change. Measure what you want to manage. Weight will always be one element, but do not make it the sole element. Measure strength (and inches under Your Progress) and food intake (under Food Tracker). The tools are all there.
To your good health!