Food Journaling

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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.

5. Accountability
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.

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About Cluttercafe

Wife to a great guy. Mom to two active, wonderful kids. Full time working woman trying to keep it all together.
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3 Responses to Food Journaling

  1. jastreiff says:

    So so true! It can be an inconvenience at first but it is essential to determining where your diet is or is not working. I have my clients keep a journal until they get into a healthy routine and their body starts to demands the correct foods and eating times… coincidentally this is usually at the same time their body also begin seeing great results!

    Plus with all the phone and ipad apps now … keeping a food journal is much easier.

    • Cluttercafe says:

      Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. It’s nice to get reassurance from a professional. I love your site. I just started following. I have lost 25 pounds so far and need to lose 40 more. Eeek! I may give you a call for some counceling. I am just starting usign a food journal and it definitely opens your eyes. It is still not quite a habit yet, but I am focusing on doing it daily to make it one. I am a closet eater and a picker. This a bad habit I am trying to break. Logging those pickies has helped me quite a bit, as now I can see that the fat and calories and sodium really are adding up. I am trying to make it a point to make sure I am sitting when I eat as well. Thanks again. I look forward to checking out your site some more!

      • jastreiff says:

        Thank you for the follow! I would love to chat with you about your nutritional needs. I am available by phone or Skype.

        It is so easy for our eating to get away from us. It is especially easy to overeat when distracted or to feel the need to eat again because we were forced to eat our meal while working (I personally have to pull myself out of this one sometimes). Oh and it is especially easy to fall into mindless eating when we are eating foods that are not nutrition full ;).

        Just keep trucking! You’ve got it!

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