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The Importance of Tracking Your Weight Loss Progress

Losing weight isn’t always easy, for a variety of reasons. However, setting yourself some realistic goals and tracking your weight loss progress can be really helpful; you’ll notice that at Allurion we help you to keep track of your progress with the Allurion mobile app and Bluetooth connected scales.

Weighing yourself regularly can increase awareness of how eating and lifestyle habits can influence your weight. Although weighing scales are a handy tool, they’re not the only measure of success, and they shouldn’t discourage you or prompt feelings of negativity. There are many other ways to measure your progress such as your self-esteem, general health and sleep quality and quantity.

Keeping track of your weight loss can provide you with a quick snapshot of your progress, help prompt motivation and focus, and facilitate self-awareness, mindful eating, and lifestyle habits. Tracking weight loss can also help to identify unhealthful behaviors and habits and give you a sense of ownership.

The Allurion Program is a safe, evidence-based weight loss program that supports you to change habits from the inside out. The program involves input from healthcare professionals as well as access to a variety of technologies to help you track your progress.

Recent research on The Allurion Balloon has not only shown weight loss, but also improvements in other things such as LDL-cholesterol (‘bad’ cholesterol). The Allurion Balloon takes 15 minutes to be placed during a non-surgical procedure and while it’s only a temporary gastric balloon, the program encourages sustainable healthy lifestyle habits that are lifelong. So, if you’ve previously tried losing weight without success, why not book your free consultation with Allurion today.

 

Starting your weight loss journey with Allurion

If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you may be feeling ready to take the first step on your weight loss journey with Allurion. Losing weight isn’t always easy, for a variety of reasons. However, setting yourself some realistic goals and tracking your progress can be really helpful for keeping the weight off in the longer term.

We know that maintaining a healthier weight has positive health benefits and reduces your risk of many chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and osteoarthritis, as well as mental health conditions such as depression. (Ref:1,2,3)

But losing weight and keeping it off takes effort and commitment on your part. So, it’s important that you’re equipped with the right tools and resources to empower you to make lifelong changes. In this article, we’ll explore the importance of tracking your weight loss progress, offering handy hints and tips along the way.

 

The importance of tracking your weight loss progress

Keeping track of progress is considered central to weight loss and maintenance (Ref:4,5) and involves observing and recording your behaviors (such as eating, physical activity, sleep). This can help improve your self-awareness of these behaviors. You’ll notice that at Allurion we help you to keep track of your progress with the Allurion mobile app. 

Weighing yourself regularly can increase awareness of how eating and lifestyle habits can influence your weight, as well as helping you to understand what does and doesn’t work for your weight loss journey. (Ref:6,7) At Allurion, we recognize the importance of regular weighing to keep you on track with your weight loss journey and provide you with your own set of Bluetooth connected scales. However, we also understand that how often you choose to weigh yourself is personal to you. We suggest trialling a couple of different approaches, then deciding which suits you best. (Ref:4,6,7)

Your tracking is automatically synced to the Allurion mobile app, allowing your healthcare team to view your progress. You can check in with the Allurion mobile app regularly to get helpful content, messages from your healthcare team and feedback on your weight, activity and sleep progress.

While the weighing scales are a handy tool, they’re not the only measure of success, and they shouldn’t discourage you or prompt feelings of negativity.

 

Why it’s not just about weight

Weight is just one piece of the puzzle during your weight loss journey. Another important aspect to consider is body composition (a term often used by doctors and healthcare professionals). Body composition refers to the percentage of fat, bone, water and muscle in the body. It describes your weight more accurately and provides a more effective insight into your overall health than your weighing scales alone. (Ref:8)

A healthier body composition consists of less fat and more muscle mass. During your weight loss journey, it’s important to maintain as much muscle mass as possible. This is because having more lean muscle is associated with better bone health, as well as increased strength and movement and reduced risk of injury. (Ref:9,10) The use of technologies can have a positive effect on healthy physical activity behaviors which is why at Allurion, we encourage you to track your progress using the Allurion connected scales (measuring your body composition) and health tracker (to help you monitor your activity levels).

One of the best ways to maintain your muscle mass during weight loss is by staying physically active. Try to include a combination of aerobic (e.g., jogging, brisk walking or swimming) and resistance-based exercises (e.g., squats, lunges and free-weights) into your routine. (Ref:11) As part of the Allurion Program, we ask you to use the Allurion health tracker to monitor your steps and exercise.

There are many ways to measure your progress along your weight loss journey that do not involve the weighing scales:

Increased self-esteem

Many people who lose weight often report an improvement in their self-esteem, feelings of body positivity and confidence in their body image. (Ref:12)

Improved health

Weight loss (even as little as 5-10%) has been shown to have a positive impact on health. This includes improvements in blood pressure and cholesterol levels, which reduces your risk of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. (Ref:13) People often report other benefits too such as feeling less tired and increased energy levels.

Better sleep

Getting sufficient sleep has been linked to helping people manage their appetite better, make better food choices and benefit their metabolism. (Ref:14,15,16) You can use the Allurion health tracker to track your deep and light phases of sleep, along with your total sleep time.
 

Five important reasons to track your weight loss progress

By keeping track of your weight loss, it can (Ref:17-21)
 

  1. Provide a quick snapshot of progress

Tracking your weight loss progress in real-time gives you immediate feedback on how you’re doing. It allows you to set small achievable goals within a specified time frame.
 

  1. Help prompt motivation and focus

Tracking encourages you to continue your weight loss journey by helping you to retain a healthy sense of motivation and focus on the goals you’re aiming for.
 

  1. Facilitate self-awareness and mindful eating and lifestyle habits

Tracking will help you gain a deeper understanding of your eating behaviors and relationship with food. This may encourage you to eat more mindfully and develop healthy lifestyle behaviors.
 

  1. Help to identify unhealthful behaviors and habits

Tracking will allow you to ‘review’ your current behaviors and help you see whether adjustments are required and where improvements could be made.
 

  1. Give a sense of ownership

Tracking increases awareness of the personal responsibility you have for your own health. When you take personal responsibility, it offers you a sense of accomplishment and you’re more likely to commit to long-term success.
 

How can the Allurion temporary gastric balloon kick start my weight loss?

The Allurion Program is a safe, evidence-based weight loss program that supports you to change habits from the inside out. With its holistic focus, The Allurion Program kick starts your weight loss with placement of the Allurion Balloon, followed by six months of support from all angles. This support involves input from healthcare professionals to ensure you receive the appropriate level of qualified support, guidance and advice in all areas of your weight loss journey, as well as access to a variety of technologies to help you track your progress.

So, let’s cover The Allurion Balloon in more detail. The Allurion Balloon is a revolutionary, simple, rapid and non-invasive tool that places a fluid-filled balloon (over 500mls) into your stomach that naturally passes after around four months. The Allurion Balloon takes 15 minutes to be placed and while it’s only a temporary gastric balloon, the program encourages sustainable healthy lifestyle habits that are lifelong.

 

How does it work?

The Allurion Balloon is thought to work in three ways:

 

  1. Delays gastric emptying: The fluid-filled balloon delays the emptying of the stomach by nearly 2 hours (Ref:22), leaving you feeling fuller and more satisfied for longer.
     
  2. Taking up space in the stomach: The fluid-filled balloon creates less room in the stomach for food, reducing the amount of food consumed.
     
  3. Vagal nerve stimulation: When we eat food, the stomach increases in size (called gastric distension). This stimulates receptors in the wall of the stomach which signals fullness (called early satiety) to the brain. In other words, you can lose weight while feeling full.

The Allurion Balloon doesn’t involve any surgery, endoscopy or anesthesia. Results from published research shows that placement of The Allurion Balloon offers safe and effective weight loss resulting in an average of 10-15% of total body weight loss after 16 weeks on The Allurion Program. (Ref:23-33)

Recent research on The Allurion Balloon has not only shown weight loss, but also improvements in other things such as LDL-cholesterol (‘bad’ cholesterol). (Ref:23) The journey doesn’t stop there…if you have more weight to lose, a second Allurion Balloon can be placed after completing the first program.

The Allurion Program may be offered to people that meet the following criteria:

  • Body mass index (BMI) of 27 or above
  • Are not currently pregnant
  • Ready to make the change and take control

To check whether you may be eligible, try our BMI calculator here.

Results of The Allurion Program have shown that up to 95% of weight loss can be maintained one year after the balloon exits the body.
 

Track your weight loss progress with technology from Allurion

Using technology is known to be an effective addition to your weight loss and maintenance journey, (Ref:34,35,36) enabling you to track your progress and encourage motivation. In addition to ongoing input from your healthcare team, there are a number of Allurion technologies which also support your weight loss journey.

Allurion Connected Scale

The Allurion connected scale offers a complete weight tracking experience for those seeking effective and sustainable weight loss. The Allurion connected scale measures body weight, as well as body composition, including fat tissue (% total body weight that consists of fat tissue), visceral fat (fat that is stored around your abdomen) and muscle tissue (% body weight that consists of muscle tissue).

Allurion Health Tracker

The Allurion health tracker enables you to monitor other key aspects in your weight loss journey, including physical activity and sleep. All information collected is then synced to the Allurion mobile app for convenience and ease of use.

Allurion Mobile App

The Allurion mobile app is a secure platform that stores your ‘on-the-go’ progress during your weight loss journey, allowing you to track and monitor your weight, body composition metrics, and fitness, with engagement in real-time, with the help of your Allurion connected scale, health tracker, and mobile app. Your healthcare team will also have secure access to your data from the app so that they can provide additional support, guidance and advice when needed. In addition to the tracking features, you can communicate easily with your clinic team using the secure messages and video consultation features.

These technologies help reinforce your weight loss goals and record your results along the way to help you stay on track.
 

Book your free temporary gastric balloon consultation today

So, if you’ve previously tried losing weight without success, why not book your free consultation with Allurion today. Visit the Allurion website to see if you may be eligible. Please click here for further details, or to use our BMI calculator.

The Allurion Program is a long-term lifestyle change with plenty of support along the way to ensure you reach your target weight loss goal and keep it off.

 

 

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