Have you started a food journal yet? If not, what are you waiting for? Multiple studies have shown that people who keep track of what they eat lose more weight and are more likely to keep it off permanently. Below you’ll find several reasons why this works so well:
1.First, and foremost, you’re accountable for what you put in your mouth. Think of it as a scorecard of your performance for the week, “If you BITE it, you WRITE it.” When you keep a truthful record of your daily food intake, it provides you with an undeniable scorecard of your performance. It’ll give you an account of how many fruits and vegetables you had each day, how much protein you had, and how many cookies you might have indulged in after dinner. Remember, if you BITE it, you WRITE it.
2. It’s virtually impossible for most people to keep a mental tally of everything they eat in a day. I love the old Chinese Proverb that states, “The palest ink is stronger than the strongest mind.” Did you have two M&Ms or was it twelve? Did you have a half cup of ice cream or a cup and a half? Take advantage of the power of the pen and write it down as soon as you eat it so you can keep an accurate count. This way, you’ll be less likely to overeat and consume more calories than you intend.
3. A food journal can greatly assist you in finding your trouble spots. Writing your food down helps you keep track of the areas that are going well and where you may need to tweak so be on the look out for trends in your weekly eating habits. Are you likely to eat more at night? On the weekend? When you are with certain people? They say a problem well-defined is 95% solved. However, if you don’t know where you’re having trouble, you can’t pinpoint the problem or fix it.
So, here’s a challenge for you: Write down everything you eat for the next 30 days. You can do it by putting pen to paper or download a food journal app on your smart phone. For the BEST results, be consistent (that’s key!) and record portion sizes and the amounts of food you eat (1 cup of broccoli, 2 mini candy bars, etc). It’s also helpful to include other pieces of information in your food journal like, the times you eat and with whom you are eating.
Journaling your food only takes a few minutes out of your day AND it’ll provide you with VALUABLE information about your eating habits. This is CRITICAL because with it, you’ll be able to take action and produce the changes you desire.
Cheers to your health,
Health & Wellness Coach
Balance Your Heart
Phone: (240) 605-3893