The best weight loss method, is keeping a food diary, or food log. It’s a really easy weight loss method, and takes only a few minutes a day. It’s been proven that tracking what you eat, results in better food choices and fat loss.
When you write down everything you eat, you might be shocked at the findings. While people say, I hardly eat anything, when they review everything they’ve eaten at the end of the day, they realize how much more food they are eating. Some people are horrified to find that they are eating eight or more times a day. You don’t want to eat more than six times a day, because eating shouldn’t become a habit, or to fill a void; it should be to provide sustenance.
I used to eat six times a day, yet I was always hungry and wanting more food. After reviewing my food diary, I figured out what works best for me. I figured out the best times to eat, before I’m starving. I changed the times I ate certain meals, where I don’t feel like I’m starving, yet I’m hungry and can enjoy eating. Instead of the six small meals that bikini competitors eat, I’ve reduced eating to four times a day. I now eat four larger meals, so I finally feel satisfied after eating, which helped me lose those last tough pounds. I probably wouldn’t have come to conclusion of the best changes I needed to make if I hadn’t written down what I ate and the times I was eating.
When it comes to tracking food, it’s also important to write down what time it is, each time you eat something. It’s no wonder you’re starving if you haven’t eaten in five hours. When you fast during the day, it’s more likely you will binge-eat at night. You’re also going to be less likely to grab a few chips or crackers if you have to write it down.
Tracking what you’re eating, how often you eat, and what times you eat, will help you figure out if you need to eat larger or smaller meals, if you need to cut back on grazing, or eat more often. You’ll find what times you’re eating the most calories, and what times you end up eating more snacks and calories.
We are all different, so tracking what foods you are eating, how many times a day you eat, and what times you tend to binge, or grab sweet and/or salty snacks, can help you pinpoint what to change. Maybe you need to eat earlier so you’re not starving by mealtime and end up over-eating. Maybe you’re snacking instead of eating nutritious meals. When you use a food diary, you might realize that you’re eating too little for breakfast, and eating too much at dinner. This simple method of writing down what you eat, takes only a few minutes a day, and will help you see a pattern to help you come up with a solution that works for you.
If you want to start a food log, you can write everything down in a binder, or log it into an app, but I found that having everything already laid out and tidy, which appropriate-length lines to write down what you eat, where you can put the date at the top so you can look back at what you ate on Tuesday or Saturday, and gives you the option of tracking your carbs, protein, fat, calories, and water, makes it much easier. My paperback food tracker diary includes all this, and I included my proprietary High-Five Diet program so you can track not just the foods you eat, but also your weight loss progress.
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