Getting Geeky: Numbers Don’t Lie

At The Sleek Geek, our approach to fitness is a bit different. We believe that weight loss should be painless, both physically and emotionally. Unfortunately many of us struggle with the emotional baggage that comes with being overweight, especially those who have been so all their lives. Since many of our contributors come from scientifically and mathematically focused backgrounds, we find a certain comfort and unemotional simplicity in numbers. Numbers do not judge you or shame you, nor do they tell you it’s all going to be okay. They simply help you identify causes and effects.

While we develop our mindblowingly simple Sleek Geek tracker app, check out some of my charts and graphs from the last year. I’ll walk you through each one and explain how and why they have helped me stay on target.  If you want a chance to beta test our Sleek Geek Tracker, sign up for our newsletter and look for forthcoming info!  BTW: You can click each graph for a larger version!

The Input Form

It's so simple you really have no excuse.

 

Tap Tap Tap Submit. Yes, it’s that easy. I bookmarked this page on my iPhone and iPad, which are always close at hand in the morning when I take my measurements. Simplicity and ease of use are paramount to my method and this little 3-part form is about as simple as it gets. The notes are optional. Use them however you like. I use them to record anything out of the ordinary that happened the previous day so I can clearly see the effects of my actions.

 

Body Mass Averages

 

Body Mass Averages and Goal

This is my favorite graph because it has a game built in! Watching the lines go down and the colors change is outright addictive. The black line represents my daily measurements, the red is an average of my last 7 days, yellow is 14 days and green is 30 days. The more green space you see, the better your velocity.  The math is simple: if your 30-day average is considerably higher than your more current averages, you are losing weight at a more rapid clip!  You will be surprised how a simple game layer can boost compliance and motivation.

 

Mass Breakdown

Mass Breakdown - FM over NFM

This is my second-favorite graph, but I consider it more useful for analysis than the BMA graph above. While the BMA ‘game’ is an effective motivational tool, the mass breakdown is the most compelling look at what is actually happening inside your body. Using your mass and your body fat percentsge, this graph breaks down your total mass into FM and NFM. Since we are not wrestlers trying to cut to competition weight by manipulating hydration, we need to focus on losing FM. In other words, we really only care about losing fat, not weight.

 

Daily Rate of Loss

Daily Rate of Loss

Since we have set goals for ourselves, we need a target vector and velocity. The DROL graph gives us both of these things, for both of our goals, on one page. This graph is unlike the others. We are happy with a flat line! Since our DROL is derived from the number of days until our goal and the remaining difference between our current and target metrics, no change means we’ll hit our target date spot-on. A downward trend is positive, meaning that we’ll hit sooner. Great for motivating yourself to tighten up the belt and do a little exercise!  Do not confuse this with your actual rate of loss.

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