Are you really aware of every little morsel you eat each day? When you look back on a day’s worth of meals and snacks, are there little bits here and there that might have been overlooked or forgotten?
Published results of a well known study through The American Journal of Preventive Medicine show that food journals are a huge key to weight loss success. In the study, which recorded six days a week, participantsjotted down everything they ate and drank on those days, and lost about twice as much weight as those who kept food records one day a week or less.
We are simply too distracted during the course of a day to be fully aware of every nibble….and every nibble adds up. How many times have I gulped down several spoonfuls of my son’s leftover mac and cheese while standing at the sink doing dishes? When I hand him some cheese crackers, how often have I grabbed a few for myself? And portions…how often have I served myself a little too much, or gone back for seconds and not taken notice of how much I was actually overeating? These scenarios can happen all day every day unless we are forced to reckon with our choices.
Food journals can be as simple as snapping a picture of our plates or snacks…or you could go “old-school” and get out a pen and notepad. Whatever it takes; whatever works best for you, just be sure to write it or snap it immediately…don’t rely on your recall, which may not always be accurate. Share your results with a friend, a workout buddy; or even better: your nutrition coach, or your trainer! She can help you tweak and fine tune so that those results you are seeking arrive sooner than later.