If You're Guessing, You're Probably Wrong

by Kerry Taylor

A question I often ask clients when they wonder why they aren’t seeing results from changing their eating is, ”Are you doing what you should be?” This is a question that the answer usually starts with, “Well….,” or “I know, I know but…”.  If this is you, let’s try and change it. It starts with being honest with yourself, understanding and agreeing that the plan has not been followed like it should be. 


I will use myself as the example. I know most of the time, I don’t do exactly what I should. What do I mean? When cooking, I don’t measure anything. I have my mother’s style of cooking which she’s learned from my grandmother. I don’t use any recipes, I grab a size of meat that looks like a “Kerry portion”, I eyeball my measurements, and adjust the flavor to taste. If you learned like I did, you probably do the same.


Well I’m here to tell you if your goal is to lose weight, you have to be a little more precise in your measurements and amounts. When you do that, it allows you to know exactly where you stand if you are or are not achieving your goals, or if you hit a plateau in your eating habits. Measure the amount of food you plan to eat. What does that do? It tells you exactly what amount of calories, proteins, carbs, fats etc. that you are putting in your body. One of the main reasons why you may want to use a scale, food tracking, journaling, counting calories etc. All of these tools just help you to stay aware of where you are and allow you to hit the bullseye more often than not.

The consistency of losing or gaining weight lies in the details. Instead of guessing, nail it down and make it happen. Guessing may get you there, it may not. That’s why we call it guessing. You guess in the lottery and we see how many people guess right from that. Don’t play the lottery with something that is important to you.  Put everything in your favor to get there and you will.


Until next time, (track and count) continue to live life 1 degree above the rest.