Keeping an Accurate Food Diary
A food journal helps you to record your daily food intake as you go through an intensive fitness program, such as: an accurate picture of what you eat daily, a good way to gain more control over your diet, give you a good insight into what you’re eating and how it affects your health and lifestyle, and, best of all, may help you manage or lose weight or eat healthier.
Set up your diary
Prepare your food diary by first deciding where to record it, in a notebook or by downloading a food journal app on your smart phone, then type the headings of the following: a record of the date, time, place, item eaten, quantity consumed, and some comments. You can search online for food diary templates which you can print and copy in your notebook, if you have decided to record your food diary in a notebook, and if you prefer to download an app, there are many to choose from the web or you can try online tracking device.
Keep track of everything you eat and drink
When you accurately record every food that you take on a daily basis and you note down the specific ingredients that were used in complicated dishes, you’ll remember what foods went into each dish and its equivalent calories. In addition to this, don’t forget to also record snacks, beverages, and, most of all, your total water intake so you’ll have a better insight on whether you need to consume more water to help you hydrated.
Take note of your response to every food you ate
Your reactions and impressions are important to know your food choices, such that you have to record these in details: your impressions to the meal served before eating them, as well as 20 minutes after eating; your reactions to the variety of foods that you have eaten, noting down what particular foods satisfied you and give a reason for that; your moods during the meal and your hunger level; and instances of side effects after eating, like feeling nauseous or having an upset stomach.
Look for food patterns in your eating habits
After a week of keeping track, most likely you’ll discern a food pattern developing which reflect from your food references, which you need to analyze so you can determine which foods affect your mood or which meals leave you hungry or satisfying or what situations do you tend to overeat.
Being able to track your progress through a food diary is a motivating experience, most especially if your goal is to lose weight the proper way, and, in this manner, you feel like moving on towards achieving your goal will be almost there. Always record your weight at the end of each week and notice any significant fluctuation developing and analyze what foods may have caused the weight fluctuation and record what exercises you have performed during your food diet journey.