Food journaling is a critical component to weight management. Documenting what you eat throughout the day makes you more accountable for the choices you make. The simple action of tracking your food intake is a constant reminder that you are choosing to pay attention to your health and well-being. In time, you’ll start to understand where your calories are coming from and the nutritional balance of your meals and snacks. This knowledge will make it easier to make the necessary changes to your diet and lifestyle. Then, if your stomach is upset, you feel unusually tired or sluggish, bloated, unsatisfied, etc., you can look back and see which foods made you feel this way.
Directions: Journal everything including water. Make sure to note portion sizes and calories if this information is readily available. You can include any comments or questions next to the “time” column.
Did you know? A study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine found that dieters who kept food journals six days a week lost twice as much weight as those who kept food journals only one day per week!