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Jump-start Your Weight-Loss Campaign by Tracking Your Food

A simple way to lose weight fast is by tracking your food intake via a food diary or a journal. Does it sound unbelievable? What if I were to tell you, that studies done by weight loss centers, point out that, maintaining a simple food diary can actually double your weight loss. Let us find out how tracking the food helps in weight loss.

What exactly is food tracking?

Food tracking is recording the amount of food that you have consumed in a day. It is a method of tracking the foods that you have eaten, and their calorie levels in a diary/journal or in calorie counting tools found over the net.

How does it help in losing weight?

Here are three reasons why writing down or using online tracking tools helps you lose weight fast.

You become aware of what you have been putting into your mouth, when you start recording your food habits. The leftovers, the in-between snacks, etc. add up your calories without your knowledge. Writing down brings the calorie levels in order to focus, and makes

you eat mindfully. You will also be motivated to juggle your calorie intake to lose more weight.

The tracking tools/diary can help you understand your food patterns and habits better. You may either be overeating or starving yourself during certain times of the day. You can identify and correct these patterns to lose more weight.

A food journal can motivate you to stay on proper diet, when you see your day filled with consuming only nutritious foods. A food dairy will also show you what is missing in your diet, and will help you adhere to a balanced food plan to lose weight.

How do you start a food journal?

In its simplest form, the food diary consists of the time, food, portions/amount of food consumed. You can also add the amount of carbs, fat, and fiber grams if you wish to track the food consumed in minute details. You can also jot down the list of calories present in a particular food. These are readily available on the Internet.

Some important tips to keep in mind are:

It is a good idea to fill up your diary/tool as soon as you eat something. This will help in providing accurate information to you about your dietary habits.

Be conscious of portion sizes, the amount of servings of the food that you consume and the resulting calories it equates. Record these details honestly to become aware of your food habits.

This will help to understand your body and lets you self-monitor. You are the best judge to decide, as to how detailed you want the diary to be.

It is okay if you become lax in filling up your diary for a day or two. There are also times when you may feel hopeless about your weight loss. Just acknowledge these problems, and remain motivated to fill up the food diary.

As Hema, a mother of two says about her food journal,” The very fact that I have to put down everything in my diary stops me from overeating as I detest writing and hate to see a big food list at the end of the day.”

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