Tracking Your Meals Can Help You Lose Weight

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We’re all guilty of setting the same goals at the beginning of each year and telling ourselves that this time I’m going to actually lose that annoying 10, 15, 20 or even 50 pounds.  Then by the time March rolls around we’ve only lost (or gained) 5 pounds and we think that goal or new year’s resolution is no longer attainable.

I think what the problem is with most people including myself is that we want fast quick results and if we don’t see it then we give up.  What we fail to realize is that we didnt gain it overnight so therefore we wont lose it overnight. It requires patience, a good workout program and changing your eating habits.

I recently read that by keeping a daily food journal you can double your fat loss and actually keep it off.  In the latest issue of Oxygen Magazine, there is an article that provides tips about keeping a food journal and how to get started.  Here are a couple to get you started.  Begin by tracking your normal eating habits for two weeks taking note of when you eat and why you eat.

Be honest when tracking your eating habits. When you’re honest you’re less likely to eat those chocolate chip cookies. Journaling can lead to decreasing your caloric intake by 300 to 500 calories daily which is about a pound of body fat each week.  So try keeping a journal for a couple of months just to see what type of progress you make in your weight loss.  You have nothing to lose except a few pounds!

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2 Responses to “Tracking Your Meals Can Help You Lose Weight”

  1. September 16, 2011 at 6:43 am #

    So true! I’m a total myfitnesspal.com junkie. I couldn’t imagine to my amazement when I ate a “cheat” meal one weekend at Costco when the slice of pizza showed up at around 700 calories. And to think I used to eat TWO of those each time I went. A great way to really rein in your nutritional habits.

    • September 16, 2011 at 12:29 pm #

      OMG! I love that Costco pizza. I havent had it in a while because I do try to stick to my daily clean eating plan but journaling does help to keep you on track and make you not want your cheat meal. But its hard when your husband gets a slice on the way out the door!

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