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Can Keeping a Journal Really Help With Weight Loss

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Can Keeping a Journal Really Help With Weight Loss

Dieticians and psychologists alike have told us for years that one way to help with successful weight loss is to keep a food diary, or food journal. Some even go so far as to say that the pen is stronger than the scale when it comes to weight loss success. It is suggested that those wishing to lose weight keep a daily detailed record of all snacks and meals.

There are a few benefits to keeping a food journal. For one it helps you see more clearly exactly what types of foods and how much food is consumed in a day. It can also help a person better understand their behavioral and eating patterns. And it will help be able to identify triggers for binge habits. It can give you a very realistic view of when and why you eat what you eat.

Keeping a food journal is rather simple but there are a few pointers that can help with the process. First of all, keep it simple. You do not have to go out and purchase a huge outfit, just find something you can write on and something you can write with. A spreadsheet is fine, or even a regular journal or notebook. There are also many online food journals available if that works for you.

Write down everything you eat or drink. Do not cheat, make sure to include every single morsel that goes into your mouth every single day. Write down the time of day that you ate food, where you were when you ate it and who you were with. Also remember to include the portion size. And also note any other activities that were occurring while you ate. For instance, if you were watching a movie or working on the computer make a note of it. Also include your various moods.

Once your eating patterns are all written out for you it will be easier to figure out what areas you need to devote your attention to. You can rearrange your day or your schedule to avoid common pitfalls. Or perhaps you will find that all you need to do is some portion control to get yourself back into control over you weight. If you find that your eating is mostly in response to your moods, try logging your emotions and see if you can isolate triggers and how these moods are connected to your eating habits.


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