Keeping Track Of Precisely What You Take In: How To Do It Correctly

By Nicholas Robertson
When you first start your diet one of many things you will learn right away is that keeping a food journal is very helpful. Keeping a food journal helps you identify the foods you are eating as well as the foods you aren’t eating. For example, once you keep a food log for a few days you may notice that while you eat lots of fruit, you almost never eat any vegetables. When you write every thing down you can see which parts of your diet must change as well as have an easier time figuring out what kind and how long of a workout you need to do to shrink your waist line and burn the most calories.

But what if you’ve been writing every thing down and still aren’t slimming down? You can monitor your meals the correct way or the wrong way. There is far more to food journaling than writing a list of what you eat during the day. You need to keep track of some other very important information. Here are a few of the elements you need to do to be more successful at food tracking.

Be as specific as possible when you write down what you take in. It isn’t adequate to list “salad” in your food record. Write down all of the ingredients in the salad as well as the type of dressing you used. You must also include the quantities of the foods you eat. "Cereal" just isn’t very good, however "one cup Shredded Wheat" is. Remember the more you eat of something the more calories you consume so it is important 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 exactly what time of day it is when you eat. This enables you to see what times of day you feel the hungriest, when you find yourself likely to reach for a snack and how to work around those times. After several days you’ll note that even if you might be eating lunch at the same time every day, you are still hungry an hour later. You should also be able to see whether or not you happen to be eating because you’re bored. This is critical because, once they are revealed, you can find various other ways to fill those moments than with unhealthy foods.

Write down your feelings whenever you eat. This helps you to show you whether or not you turn to food as a reaction to emotional issues. This may also show you whether or not you gravitate in the direction of certain foods based on your mood. Many individuals will reach for junk foods if we are worried, angry or depressed and will be more likely to choose healthier options when we are happy or content. When you pay attention to how you eat during your different moods and psychological states, you will be able to keep similar but healthier options around for when you need those snacks–you might also start talking to someone who can help you figure out why you try to cure your moods with food.

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