Why keeping a food diary helps you lose weight

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#SummerBodyLoadingGoals are made in winter. And, being aware of everything you eat will help you achieve yours.

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They say looking good and having a healthy body depends on what you put in it. Yes, it’s true; exercise alone is not going to give you the results you want.

It might seem like a lot of effort and time to be writing down everything you put into your mouth but it’ll help you track exactly what you’re eating.

Dietician Wendy Lord says that a food diary is important if you want to stay focused. “It’s definitely useful especially if you are starting out with a weight loss programme or want to shift and focus. Using a diary absolutely can tell you what you’re doing wrong and can do going forward,” she says.

Yes, six packs are made in the kitchen; so let’s look at the perks of keeping a food diary.

Accountability: when you write everything you eat down, you become more aware of it and can avoid eating more than you need.

You think before you eat: You’ll actually be wiser with your choices and will avoid grabbing snacks that can sabotage your diet

You can have better understanding of emotional eating: When you have a food diary, you can see how you ate on a particular day or if you were happy or stressed or even sad. Did you eat more because you were too hungry, or was it because you felt a certain way and food made you feel better?

Identify where your calories are coming from: not only does a food journal tell you the total calories you are eating, but you can also figure out which foods are good for you.

Portion control: weighing all your food can be much for some, but diary can help you avoid overeating and make you more accountable.

You can also keep track of what you’re eating by using technology and downloading one of many calorie-counting apps available. Some are like electronic food diaries and you can make notes of your eating habits, and activities.

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