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

By Michelle Webb


When you decide to go on a diet one of the first things that you will learn is that it is important to keep track of what you eat during the day. Keeping a food record makes it possible to determine the foods you are eating as well as the foods you aren't eating. For example, after keeping a food record for a few days, you might see that you are not eating very many vegetables but that you are consuming lots of sugar and bad carbohydrates. When you write every thing down you are able to 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 let's say you've been writing every thing down and still aren't slimming down? There is a right way and a completely wrong way to monitor your food. There is far more to food journaling than composing a listing of what you eat during the day. You have to record some other very important information. Here are a number of points that you can use to help your food tracking be more successful.

Be as specific as you can get while you note down the things you eat. It isn't enough to only jot down "salad" on a list. The correct way to do it is always to record all of the ingredients in the salad as well as the kind of dressing that is used. You should also include the number of the foods you eat. "Cereal" seriously isn't as good an entry as "one cup Honey Nut Cheerios." Remember the more you eat of something the more calories you eat so it is very important that you list quantities so that you know exactly how much of everything you're eating and how many calories you need to burn.

Write down the time that you are consuming items. This helps you figure out when you feel the most hungry, when you are prone to snack and what you can do about it. After a day or two you may notice that, although you eat lunch at the same time every day, you still feel hungry an hour or so later. You should also be able to observe whether or not you might be eating because you're bored. This is important because, once they are revealed, you can find various other ways to fill those moments than with unhealthy foods.



What type of feelings are you in whenever you eat? Write it down! This can help you determine when you use meals to help soothe emotional issues. This will also show you whether or not you gravitate toward specific foods based on your mood. Many of us will reach for junk foods whenever we are upset, 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 in the course of your different moods and psychological states, you will be able to keep similar but healthier choices 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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