If you are struggling to lose weight or battling to maintain, a food journal can really help.
In fact, even if you are not trying lose weight a food journal can provide insight into how your eating habits affect you.
Studies show that people who keep a food journal lose more weight than those who don’t.
I prefer food journaling to counting calories, as it helps me see what I am eating, without causing me to feel overly obsessed.
Some tips for keeping a food journal:
- If you are out and about frequently: carry a small notebook with you to jot down meals or use an app on your phone or iPod such as My Fitness Pal
- If you stay home much of the time: keep a notepad on the counter or taped to the fridge or cabinet
- Try journaling a day of eating before you change your eating habits. This can be very eye opening!
- Extra: take note of how you are feeling and/or your hunger level for extra insight
- Write what you plan to eat at the top of the page and see how close you stick with it
- If you need some extra accountability, send your food journal to a friend at the end of the week
Food journaling is not something you need to do forever, but it can certainly help you over a hump and does a great job of showing you a true picture of what you are actually consuming.
Take your food journal to the next level by jotting down your daily workout, observations of how you feel, and how many hours you slept.
Knowledge is power. The more you know about yourself, the more chance you have of finding things that need to be worked on and actually making a change.
Food Journal Resources:
- NBA.com Food Journal for teens
- Daily Food Log @ She Knows
- Food Journal @ The Project Girl
- Food Journal Printable @ Amy Bayliss
- My Fitness Pal