Keeping a Food Journal

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In today’s guest post, Kathy is discussing the helpfulness of keeping a food journal and how it can help you to lose weight or eliminate bad foods.

Having trouble losing weight even though you feel that you are eating right?  Whether you have had a weight loss and are at a plateau or just starting out, one way to keep track is journaling.

I have mentioned in the past that I am not a big fan of counting calories. If you eat from your food groups and cut out sugar, along with exercising, you should be losing weight.

Journaling what you eat, when you eat and why you eat can be a helpful tool.  You may be eating the right foods but you could be eating too much of one and not enough of another.   I find that weight loss can slow a bit if I eat more of the grains and not enough vegetables.  I have the best success when I eat 5 servings of vegetables a day.  I know it can be hard to get them all in and that is why I need to keep track of it.  Did you have enough protein for the day?  You may be thinking of what you ate but when you write it down, it is much easier to see if and where you need to make an adjustment.

Write down everything.  Everything that goes into your mouth.  I also like to keep track of the water that I drink.  Did I get enough?  How about exercise?  Did I get some sort of exercise at least 5 times in a week?  Actually seeing it on paper can make a big difference.

Another thing that is helpful is to write down how you feel throughout the day.  Are you eating when you are hungry?  Are you bored?  Are you feeling stressed?  So many people are emotional eaters and if you write down your thoughts and feelings, that can keep you from overeating.  Just being aware of why you want to eat can be helpful.

How you journal your eating is up to you.  I have friends that use their smartphones and keep track either on specific apps or even in the notes.  I like to have a little notebook and write everything down.  However you want to do it is your own choice.  The most important thing is to be honest.  You are the only one that sees it and you want it to be a helpful tool.  We all have days that are a challenge.  I had and have those as well.  I like to look back and see what I could do better, what would I do to change it.  Weight loss is a learning process and something that I will always need to be conscious of.

Keeping track of what you eat is quite easy.  It only takes a few minutes a day and can make a big difference when it comes to your success.

Kathy has been posting with us every Wednesday and sharing her story and ideas for weight loss and a healthy life. Miss any of the previous posts?

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