Cutting is never easy, but the first time is especially hard because it’s something you’ve never done before. You’re trying out new eating habits, whilst simultaneously experiencing new emotions and physiological sensations. You also don’t know how your body will react to all these new practices and you may not be losing weight as fast as you expect. It’s easy to get discouraged and give up. I’ve been there before.
Here are 3 things that help keep me consistent and on track each time I go through a cut.
🔲Don’t focus on the mirror each day
Weight loss is gradual and as such, you won’t see visible change in the mirror, especially if you look at your reflection daily. The best mindset is to focus on the process, ie. focus on just getting your cardio done and preparing your low calorie foods each day and ignore the mirror completely. When you look at the mirror and don’t see change after dieting and running consistently, you’ll get discouraged. Trust me, the change is happening underneath and will eventually show, just give it more time.
⚖️ Record your daily (morning) weight
It is important to record your daily weight when performing a cut for two reasons:
- It allows you to keep track of your rate of weight loss. If you’re trying to lose a lot of weight, it’s easy to lose track of how fast you’re shedding weight each week. You’ll want to maintain a gradual decrease of around 0.9kg per week at the max (otherwise you’ll risk muscle loss).
- It encourages you. It’s easy to forget how far you’ve come on your weight loss journey. Tracking quantifies how much you’ve lost.
I recommend recording only your morning weight after you’ve used the toilet but before you drink or eat anything. This way, variables that can influence your daily weight (such as water intake, volume of food consumed etc.) will be most consistent.
📉 Don’t focus on the numbers
Lastly, don’t focus on the scale. As mentioned, there are many things that influence your weight (other than fat loss) so your daily scale reading will fluctuate.