If you mastered your daily gym routine, but still aren’t quite satisfied with the results, it might be time to start keeping a food journal and get your nutrition in balance.
Food diary is a useful way of keeping track of all the meals and snacks you’ve eaten throughout your day, which is an effective and proven way to help you perfect your nutrition and curb those nasty diet habits.
Back in 2008, Kaiser Permanente performed a study in which participants who kept a food journal lost twice as much weight in comparison to those who didn’t. Pretty impressive.
In that name, let’s go over the following 3 easy steps toward making the most out of your food diary.
1. Keep Track Of EVERYTHING You Eat (Beside Regular Meals)
We all like to snack, even when we are not really hungry. Far too often we eat side snacks just because we are bored, stressed out, or simply because there is a bowl of peanuts sitting right there.
These little, seemingly unimportant snacks are sometimes the main culprits when it comes to not losing weight as fast as you planned. By keeping a food journal, cutting down these unnecessary eating sessions will be a piece of cake (sorry for the bad pun).
2. Write Down What You Eat, But Also WHERE
Keeping track of WHERE you eat can help you figure out where you are exactly when you start eating those unnecessary snacks. This way you can avoid them the next time you find yourself in a similar situation.
Maybe you are eating junk snacks while you are hanging out with friends watching a movie, or maybe during a game night.
The environment plays a huge role in our nutrition as it directly influences the food choices we make, and sometimes we fail to see that. Or we choose not to. Whichever the case just say NO to a bowl of chips next time your friend offers it to you.
Though it might be pretty hard, you can watch a movie without unnecessary snacks!
3. Don’t Overthink It
Going crazy with details won’t get you far. Yes, keeping a food journal is very useful and will almost certainly help you sculpt your figure and shed those love-handles, but make sure it doesn’t turn into a full-blown and detailed whitepaper.
Just stick with the basics: