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The Very Best Approach To Track Your Food

By Christian Amos

When you start a diet one of the most often heard pieces of advice is to keep a food journal in which you write down every thing you eat during the day. Keeping your food journal not only helps you see clearly what you are consuming, it helps you see what you are not eating. For example, after retaining a food journal for a few days, you might see that you are not consuming very many vegetables but that you are consuming lots of sugar and bad carbohydrates. Writing all of it down can help you see exactly which parts of your diet really need to change as well as how much exercise you are going to need to do to make sure that you keep your caloric intake in check.

But let's say you've been writing everything down and still aren't losing weight? There is a great way and a sluggish approach to track the food you eat. There is far more to food journaling than creating a listing of what you eat during the day. Other sorts of important information are going to need to be written down as well. Here are a number of points that you can use to help your food tracking be more successful.

Be as precise as possible get whenever you write down the things you eat. It is not enough to only jot down "salad" on a list. Write down all the ingredients in the salad as well as the type of dressing you used. You need to include the amount of the food you consume. "Cereal" will not be enough although "one cup Fiber One cereal" is fine. It is vital to keep in mind that the larger your helpings, the more calories you will be eating so you need to know just how much of every thing you actually eat so that you can figure out how many calories you will need to work off.

Record the time of day time you eat items. This will allow you to figure out precisely what times of day you feel the most hungry, when you usually reach for snacks and then you can learn how to deal with those times. After several days you'll see that even if you might be eating lunch at the same time every day, you are still hungry an hour later. This will also help you identify the times when you start to eat simply to give yourself something to do. This is extremely useful because realizing when you're vulnerable to snacking will help you fill those times with alternative activities that will keep you away from the candy aisle.

Record your mood when you eat. This can help you pinpoint when you use meals to help soothe emotional issues. This may also show you whether or not you gravitate toward certain foods based on your mood. Many of us will reach for junk foods when we are worried, angry or depressed and will be more likely to choose healthier options when we are happy or content. When you pay attention to how you eat while in your different moods and psychological states, you will be able to keep similar but healthier options around for when you need those snacks--you might also start talking to someone who can help you figure out why you try to cure your moods with food.

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