Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Do You Journal?
A few days ago I was running some errands and found myself wandering through Barnes and Noble. It's rare that I get out to go shopping so it was a nice treat to just spend some time browsing! I found myself in the journal/notebook section and stumbled across this beauty. Being a bike enthusiast, it was love at first sight! I took it home without hesitation and knew exactly what I would use it for: to start up a new food journal.
I will be the first to admit that my eating routine has been less than stellar lately. Since my spring marathon, we have moved (count it) 4 times! Amongst that I have been traveling most weekends for work and as a result, have developed the habit of eating out of convenience, not really monitoring portion sizes and eating when stressed/bored.
Food journaling is associated with a number of positive benefits. Even if you are not strictly tracking calories, it can help to:
Keep you accountable
The most important action one can take when trying to lose weight is to keep a food diary.
According to The National Weight Control Registry, keeping a food journal is the one of the main strategies used by the majority of successful dieters. Other research studies have shown that the best predictor of weight loss throughout the first year was the number of food records kept per week.
Recognize eating patterns
It's one of the best ways to increase awareness of and correct emotional eating habits.
Track your progress, and make adjustments over time
Trying to lose weight but the scales not budging? Refer to your food journal to identify underlying nutritional pitfalls. Whether you're eating too large of portion sizes or grazing more than you intend, a food journal is an effective way to correct negative habits.
Sharing a food journal with a dietitian or other qualified healthcare provider is a great way to receive the most effective counseling for future improvements!