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.

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11 thoughts on “The Importance of Tracking Your Daily Food Intake

  1. You know, if I am honest with myself then I gotta say that tracking my food is the HARDEST thing about weight loss. Even when I’m using an easy phone app, it still drives me nuts to do it! I think that’s probably the biggest thing impeding my weight loss. Your post was a good nudge in the right direction. :p

    • I totally understand. It is super hard to get to that point where tracking is just second nature. You can always start out with baby steps. Make a goal to do it for 3 days this week and if you get through that then 4 the next and so on. It really does make a difference. When I know I had my favorite Starbucks coffee in the morning and see my daily food budget after entering that in, my choices for the rest of the day are lean protein and veggies. This helps you because dieting should not be for a week or two it should be your lifestyle and I am not giving up Starbucks for the rest of my life. Tracking my food let’s me still enjoy the foods I love, I just eat differently knowing that I used up a lot of my budget on that particular food item. Good luck! Let me know how it goes! 🙂

  2. I personally use My Fitness Pal and I have to say, it helped lose so much weight. When you have everything listed out and the app says to you that you only have so and so many calories left, you try fit it in and that way eat less food. I lost more than 10kg that way and still going.

    • Wow! Congrats on the weight loss! I would love to hear more about your accomplishments and any other tips and tools for losing weight. I am really new to blogging and haven’t had a guest post yet and I would love it if you would like to be my first guest post! You can email me at christyzspeaks@outlook.com. Thanks again for your comment!

  3. For me, tracking my food is the most difficult part of weight loss. I feel so self-conscious while doing it — which really, is important to consider in the weight loss journey, so that you can make sure you’re eating properly during each meal, not just glossing over essential nutrients and such.

    Thanks for sharing this post! It’s definitely motivation for me to start tracking my food intake again. 🙂

  4. While I’m not trying to lose weight, I did have to track my food intake a few times and I was horrible at it. It also highlights all the random things you may eat on a daily basis. (Which is the point, but no less annoying) It’s definitely an important step in the process.

    • Thanks for your comment Esse! It is tough to get used to but you are right it makes you more aware of the random things we eat that we don’t even think about.

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