If you are currently trying to lose weight, one of the best things you can do to help yourself along is keeping a food journal. Since I started the Weight Watchers program I have the most successful weight loss the weeks that I “track” my food. Tracking is what food journaling is called in Weight Watchers. Keeping a journal of your food keeps you aware of all of the food you are putting into your body. You may not always be aware of all of the calories you are taking in everyday because perhaps there are foods or drinks you just don’t think about. Writing it down or plugging it into an app paints a picture of your daily eating habits.
There are many different ways that you can keep a food journal. One way is the obvious way, just writing everything down in a journal every day. Being able to take a look at your food choices for the day will help you understand what you are doing right or wrong with your goals for a healthy diet.
With the Weight Watchers program they have an amazing app that allows you to plug-in your meal and it automatically calculates the points for you. (Weight Watcher assigns points to food instead of calories based on the foods nutritional value. You are allowed a certain amount of points to eat a day based on your height and weight. This is similar to having a calorie budget for the day but again, Weight Watchers assigns points to the food based on its overall nutrition, not just the calories.)
If you are not on the Weight Watchers program some other really helpful apps to log your food are the My Fitness Pal App and the Fit Bit App. Both Apps will assign you how many calories you should eat a day based on your height and weight. Similar to the Weight Watchers App you can plug-in your food to these apps and they have a database of the foods and the calories for each food and will automatically calculate your calories for the day.
Whatever way you chose to track your food, this is definitely something you need to be doing. Maybe right now you are wondering why you are not losing weight. You feel like you are working hard and eating right everyday, however once you start keeping a food journal it might surprise you to see the results. You might easily be able to identify where your problem areas are once you review your entries.
How do you journal your daily food intake? Do you use an app or a technique that I haven’t mentioned here? Please share with me in the comments below. I would love to hear your ideas and let me know if you plan to start a food journal now.