On the first day of my weight loss journey, I did 2 things: (1) I quit Coke Light, and (2) I started to keep a food diary. These 2 things helped me lose weight BIG TIME. You should TOTALLY keep a food diary if you want to lose weight. Because TODAY – 828 days later and 20kg lighter, I’m still logging. Awesome.
SERIOUSLY. With an amazing phone app like MyFitnessPal, logging and planning your meals take a mere few minutes. If you’re going to tell me you don’t have a MISERABLE 5 out of 1,440 minutes to spare, then you probably don’t have time to continue reading this post. Also, you probably don’t want to lose weight bad enough. In which case, you may EXIT NOW and continue with that task you deem more important than your health.
The rest who are still here – props to you for having awesome time management skills! To welcome you to the club, here are 7 reasons you should keep a food diary.
#1: You learn to become accountable
The essence of keeping a food log is really to build on your ACCOUNTABILITY. You have to be accountable for everything YOU put into YOUR body. Every bite, every sip. If it passes your lips, LOG IT. If you BITE IT, WRITE IT! I pre-log all the time so I can align my meals with my daily goal. The good thing about having an app with a good database of foods is, you get to play around with your options and see what works for your day. Even if you’ve eaten waaaaay too much and exceeded your daily goal, just LOG IT AND MOVE ON. Learn from it. Do better tomorrow. BE HONEST! If you don’t log honestly, you’re only lying to yourself. You need to keep an accurate food log in order to track and make sense of your progress.