While there are many factors that contribute to weight management, one of the most important is the food that we eat. Unfortunately, we cannot out exercise poor nutrition and all calories are not equal.
Keeping track of what and why you eat can be a powerful tool in achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.
Here are some reasons why:
Increased awareness: By tracking what you eat, you become more aware of the quantity and quality of the food you consume. This increased awareness can help you make healthier choices and avoid mindless snacking or overeating.
Accountability: Keeping a food diary or using a tracking app can hold you accountable for your food choices. This can be especially helpful if you tend to indulge in unhealthy foods or struggle with portion control.
Identifying triggers: Tracking what you eat can help you identify patterns or triggers that lead to overeating or unhealthy food choices. For example, you may notice that you tend to snack when you're bored or stressed, allowing you to find healthier ways to cope with these emotions.
Setting goals: By tracking your food intake, you can set specific goals for calorie intake, macronutrient ratios, or other dietary factors. This can help you stay focused and motivated to achieve your weight loss goals.
Celebrating progress: Tracking your food intake can help you see the progress you're making toward your weight loss goals. Celebrating small victories, like sticking to your calorie goal for the day or choosing a healthy snack over a sugary one, can help keep you motivated and on track.
While tracking what and why you eat can be a valuable tool, it's important to remember that it's not a one-size-fits-all solution. Different people have different preferences and needs when it comes to tracking their food intake, and it's important to find an approach that works for you.
Whether you prefer to use a tracking app (I like My Fitness Pal or Cronometer)or keep a food diary, the most important thing is to be consistent and honest with yourself about what you're eating. To help you out I have created a print out. See below. Use it for a week and see what you learn!!