12 Things You Can Track Besides Your Weight to Prove You’re Getting Healthier

(and one you shouldn’t bother with)

Let’s try to get away from this phrase “weight loss.”  Weight loss could mean you have lost body fat, yes, but it could also mean that you're retaining less water due to less physical or emotional stress.  Weight loss could mean that you don’t have much food in your stomach from yesterday or that you took a big dump this morning. Weight loss could mean that you have been on the Keto diet for 4 days and your kidneys are flushing water or it could mean that you’ve had a stomach flu for a week and are as weak as a kitten.

These are all reasons why we never want to rely on the scale alone to measure our success on getting healthier.  The scale is like that bully in elementary school. It taunts us and teases us, but the more we show an emotional response to those taunts, the more power it has.  Soon you will dread going near the scale. You will do everything in your power to avoid having an...

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Still Not Losing Weight on the Keto Diet? 8 Tips on How to Be Successful

Is Keto a Quick Fix to Weight Loss?

There is a mountain of cultural buzz surround all things Keto.  Since the Atkin’s Diet craze of the early 00s, the term “low carb” has been a household phrase.  More recently with the Paleo Diet popularity, there has been a resurgence of the love and appreciation of the health benefits of saturated fats including butter, coconut oil and animal fats.  But a mystery (and for some, anxiety) continues to cloud the ideal way to use the keto diet for weight loss.  Even attaching the suffix “diet” to a term implies that its sole purpose is to shed as many pounds as possible and the same stigma has occurred with this high fat / low carb approach to nutrition, causing a massive schism in the health and fitness industry about carbohydrates.  Okay, are carbs evil or not?

In an attempt to clarify this mystery of the effectiveness of Keto, I want to bring as unbiased as possible of an exploration of the...

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