Keeping a food diary is an effective way to keep track the calories that you eat everyday. It is a dieter’s best friend
There are tons of online journals out there. I love My Fitness Pal. It’s so quick and easy and, has an enormous database. But you don’t need a pc or a special app. A little notebook can do the trick as well.
Here are 5 reasons that you should start keeping a food journal today.
1. What are you eating?
You probably think that you know exactly what you eat everyday. You probably even think you could guess the number of calories that you take in through your meals. But the truth is that most people eat more than three times everyday and most of their extra calories probably come from eating between meals. Especially if you are trying to lose weight, keeping track of these calories is what’s most important. When I am diligent about logging everything I eat, I am shocked at not only how many calories I consume, but how much fat and sodium as well.
2. Weight Loss Aid
By seeing exactly what you eat everyday, you can begin to cut certain types foods out of your diet. Something you might have thought was healthy, may be incredibly high in calories. My nutritionist once told me that people actually got heavier when low-fat products came out on the market. It makes sense too. Many low fat products have higher calories because they add sugar to make it taste better. We also tend to eat more because it doesn’t give us the same fulfilment as the full-fate version and we are justified because it is “low fat”. By taking this into account, you can cut these calories out of your diet.
3. Meal Planning
I plan my entire day at one time. It makes it easier for me to know exactly what I am eating. I know if I have something that isn’t on my plan, I have to scratch something else off.
4. What You Should and Shouldn’t Eat
Whether you’re not getting enough vegetables into your diet or you’re skipping lunch a little too often, your food diary serves as a record of everything that you do–and do not–eat. Knowing that you are deficient in certain food groups can be helpful and can help you plan out your diet a little better than ever before.
When I started using a journal, it really made me see exactly what I was eating. That piece of cake tasted great. But was the second piece really necessary. Looking back at the calories you had to log in will make you think twice about it next time.
I challenge you to try a journal for a week. Let me know what you find.