Do you keep a food journal?
Every single one of my clients is unique and my approach to their nutritional requirements is 100% personalized to them. The one thing that they all have in common is that one of the first responsibilities I assign to them is to keep a food journal.
A food journal is a super important tool for me to get a true representation of your diet so that I can effectively analyze your eating patterns and identify potential areas for improvement. This is super important for virtually any health goal, but has proven especially effective with weight loss.
Here are the top 5 reasons why keeping a food journal can help you lose weight:
1. Reality Check
If I had a dollar for every client who has ever told me they only eat junk food or drink alcohol “once in a while” I’d probably move my nutrition practice to Aruba 🙂
A lot of our habits become subconscious actions that you may not even be aware of until you see it written down. Keeping track of what you eat and when provides a hard objective record and takes the guess work out of the equation.
2. Accountability: To You
Step 1 is a pretty enlightening experience; only once you become aware can you begin to change your habits. Logging your food keeps you accountable to yourself by making you think before you eat, question if you are actually hungry, and serve as a reminder to make the better choice.
3. Accountability: To ME
While I will NEVER judge or shame you for your choices, just knowing that you have to turn in your homework at our next visit often proves to be enough of a deterrent for people from straying too far from the program. Plus, it’s always fun to high 5 and have a mid-session celebration of a successful week!
4. Keeps You on Track with the Program
The first few weeks of a lifestyle change can be challenging and will no doubt take some getting used too. This is totally and completely normal! A food journal will help you feel/stay in control, stay organized and keep you on track until you start to get used to it. Sustainable changes are the key to long term success!
5. Identify Weaknesses
Even if you do slip up from time to time with less than ideal food choices, logging this will help us to identify patterns and weaknesses and come up with a strategy. Bumps in the road are to be expected, but it’s important that we face them as too:
And get you back on track!
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