By Diana Breault
DHAC Weight Loss Motivator
Being in the nutrition field, I am always asked questions relating to food choices and maintaining a healthy weight. People know that diet and exercise are crucial to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. But did you know that the simple pen and paper are also essential tools for weight loss?
How would writing help me lose weight?
Well, it’s called accountability and it requires honesty and a calorie counter. By tracking what and you much you eat, you create awareness of your food intake. Some food journals even allow you to keep track of your physical activity.
If you are truly committed and honest in all your recordings, you will become aware of the little things that really add up. The journal can even be used as some kind of excuse. Knowing you have to record that handful of M&Ms makes you think twice before reaching for them.
You may even start to notice patterns in your food consumption. For example, the Weight Loss Solution food and activity journal includes a section titled “How did I feel?” This is a crucial element for emotional eaters to identify feelings of sadness, happiness, depression, etc. that might cause them to eat more or eat less.
Many successful weight loss stories have started with a simple pen and paper. If writing isn’t your thing, Google “Food Journal” and you will find plenty of online food journals that can help you add up your calories. You can even download an app to your smart phone to help you record your diet and exercise.
Recording your diet and exercise gives you the power to choose how you will manage a healthy weight loss. Keeping up with your food journal may be a little tedious at first, but it eventually becomes easier and even motivating. A food and activity journal allows individuals to set realistic goals and track progress in a manageable way.
Have you tried tracking your diet and exercise? What methods and tools worked best for you?