Does Keeping a Food Journal Help with Dieting?
Being healthy and living a healthy lifestyle encompasses eating a healthy balanced diet and exercising. For some, it can be harder than other because of the approach that many take to it. Realizing that dieting and exercising is a lifestyle and not just something done because everyone else is doing it. Does documenting what foods we eat and what exercises we scheduled in for the day help to keep this lifestyle intact and easier to follow or is it just a waste of time?
Having a food journal helps to put things into perspective for the owner because it helps to point out the foods you do actually eat and not the ones you thought you eat but don’t quite remember. You cannot always rely on your memory to be 100% accurate so get a journal and write down the foods you eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as any snacks in between these meals. If possible, write down how many calories each food item will add to the body. At the end of a day, it is easier to calculate and you have a better handle on your intake.
You may plan out your meals in your head and think that you are following but when you begin to write down all the foods you eat, you begin to realize that you may not actually be following the plan you set out after all. You can also have a better understanding what triggers you to eat the foods you do and the frequency in which you eat. There are many studies that show how tracking your meals and your triggers help to lose weight faster and actually keep it off. It is important when making your entries that you be completely honest with yourself and record everything as much as possible. Doing this will ensure that you eat what you set out to eat and that you have a documentation reminder of how good a job you are doing.
What is a healthy diet? This actually incorporates foods from parts of the food groups and staying away from heavily processed foods and foods high in fat. A diet that it’s rich in vegetables, fruits, and lean protein are the best way to start. It goes without saying that these foods should be more incorporated in the diet that the oils, butter, chocolate, ice-cream and an excessive amount of carbohydrates. The importance of this is to provide the body more glow and go foods and less grow foods so as to help the body burn fat better and keep a lean, toned body. It also makes sense for persons who may have a medical condition like irritable bowel syndrome or diabetes to keep track of what they eat so as to see what is eaten that may add to the conditions, making them worse.
A food diary is not just about keeping a record of foods you eat but is also a great place to store new recipes that you made and would want to try again. You’ve created your mini-cookbook in a way and you can find it easier to recreate meals you found to me very healthy. It works the same way for your exercise routines since you are able to track them then you can look back at the exercised that worked better for you and modify you routine to your suiting.
Here are some interesting meal or snack ideas you can use as you venture on your journey to be healthier using a Food diary as your tracker.
This is a great morning breakfast bar to have with some milk or your tea that helps you to start the day off right.
This is a great snack for in between meals that will fill you up without the added junk. If you are not a fan of the dip then you can always substitute this dip for a balsamic reduction that is not as heavy or just eat the sticks of veggies by themselves.
This recipe is great for a dinner item and can be added to a serving of pasta or potatoes.
Using a food diary is by far the most effective way to keep a handle on dieting and as proven in many studies actually helps to take weight off and keep it off so if you don’t have a food journal or diary, I highly suggest you get one. Happy dieting lifestyle!