Interactive wellness education exclusively for Gallagher Student Health & Special Risk students

Interactive wellness education exclusively for Gallagher Student Health & Special Risk students

Interactive wellness education exclusively for Gallagher Student Health & Special Risk students

Is it Working

How to Know:

If you keep doing what you've always done, you'll get the same results you've always had. If weight maintenance is your goal, keep up the good work and strive for continued energy balance. If weight loss or gain is your goal, something needs to change in your energy management formula. Remember, this is a process - not a magic show. Time and determination will help you reach a balance that's right for you.

Energy management that works provides:

  • An amount of food and exercise that is satisfying and enjoyable.
  • A meal plan and activity level that meets your schedule needs and lifestyle.
  • A balance of food that supplies the body with all the necessary nutrients.
  • A gradual shift in the direction that best suits your needs (weight loss or gain) or an improved nutrient profile for those who want to maintain their current weight.
  • An improved sense of control and self-reliance to make decisions throughout the day that result in balanced energy management.

Remember, your energy management must be sustainable. Don't do anything you're not willing to incorporate into your lifestyle on a permanent basis. Make some manageable changes and then assess your progress. How do your jeans feel? If they feel better, keep doing what you've been doing. Or if it seems reasonable and sustainable, consider changing your formula - a little less energy in, a little more energy out, or a combination of both.

So, how do you know if your energy management is working? Pick an objective measuring tool, such as a favorite pair of jeans, and monitor how you feel in them. If your jeans feel better, your energy management decisions are serving you well - you are making progress toward your goal.

It's ironic, but a number on a scale is not always the best way to determine if your energy management is working.

A scale can mislead when muscle mass is gained at the same time fat mass is lost. If you are gaining muscle and losing fat, your weight might be the same, or actually increase! A pound of muscle takes up less space than a pound of fat because muscle has a higher concentration of water. Water makes tissue heavy. Muscle is about 75% water compared to about 10% for fat.

Imagine an experiment with two balloons. Filling the first balloon with one pound of cotton balls and the other with one pound of water will result in balloons of vastly different sizes, even though they weigh the same. What does this demonstrate? If you gain a pound of muscle and lose a pound of fat, your weight stays the same, but your jeans fit a little looser.

If after a few weeks you've noticed no change, modify your energy management in a way that is reasonable and sustainable.

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