Tracking Your Foods: The Right Way To Do It

By Anna Himes
When you go on a diet one of the first things that you will learn is that it is important to record what you eat during the day. Keeping a food log makes it possible to determine the foods you are eating as well as the foods you aren’t eating. For example, after maintaining a food journal for a few days, you might see that you are not consuming very many vegetables but that you are consuming lots of sugar and bad carbohydrates. Having it all written down can help you identify the elements of your diet that need to change as well as how much exercise you need to get to make sure that you burn enough calories to keep your waistline in check.

But what happens if you write each and every thing down but still are unable to figure out how to lose weight? You can track your food the right way or the incorrect way. A food journal isn’t just a list of the things you’ve eaten during the day. Other varieties of important information will certainly need to be written down also. Here are a few points that you can use to help your food tracking be more successful.

Be as particular as possible when you write down what you consume. It isn’t sufficient to list “salad” in your food journal. The right way to do it is always to note down all of the ingredients in the salad as well as the kind of dressing that is used. You must also record the amount of of the foods you are eating. “Cereal” is not as good an entry as “one cup Honey Nut Cheerios.” Remember the more you consume of something the more calories you consume so it is vital that you list quantities so you know exactly how much of everything you’re eating and how many calories you need to burn.

Write down the time you’re feeding on stuff. This helps you figure out when you feel the most hungry, when you are susceptible to snack and what you can do about it. After a few days you’ll see that even though you might be eating lunch at the same time every day, you are still hungry an hour later. This will also enable you to identify the occasions when you start to eat simply to give yourself something to do. This is important mainly because, once they are recognized, you can find alternative ways to fill those moments than with unhealthy foods.

Write down how you feel when you eat. This really helps to explain to you whether or not you use food as a reaction to emotional issues. It also assists you to see plainly which foods you are inclined to choose when you are in certain moods. There a wide range of people who look for junk food when they feel angry or depressed and are quite as likely to pick out healthy things when they feel happy and content. Not only will this let you notice when you reach for specific foods based on your mood, it will help you find ways to keep healthier (but similar) options on hand for those same moods and help you figure out whether or not someone professional can help you deal with the issues that are sending you towards certain foods in the first place.

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