Write It Down
One of the best tools to help keep you on track when attempting to regulate your weight is a food journal. It can be a real eye-opening experience if you don't give much thought to what you really eat over the course of 24 hours.
Keeping a food journal will help you see not only what you eat, but also how much you eat. It is a strategy that will help you become more mindful of your eating habits and become more aware of how what you eat affects your body.
Your journal can be as simple or as complicated as you'd like. I know some folks who carry around a folded piece of paper and a pencil while others use spreadsheets and other high tech solutions, including web sites such as FitDay, which will track your food, exercise, weight, calories, nutrition and when it's time to change the oil in your car. (Sorry, got carried away there for a minute...)
The point is that you need to find a solution that works for you. Use your food journal as a tool to see how you used to eat, decide what changes you want to make to reach your goals, then help you plan your new, healthy eating habits that will help you reach your goals.
You don't have to do it forever, either. The journal should be kept as long as it is useful to you. And should it become necessary, you can always start again. It's just a very useful tool for you to use as part of your weight/health management toolbox.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Write It Down