Posted: May 14, 2013
When you keep a food log you double your chances of weight loss and will, on average, decrease your caloric intake by just under 400 calories per day. While both of those facts should in theory be enough motivation for people to keep a diary, many clients I see struggle with consistently keeping a food journal. In practice, keeping a food diary is simple and shouldn’t take more than about five minutes per day (it will probably take longer at the beginning as one is learning the ropes, but this is normal).
Some may have difficulty because tracking is a rather uneventful activity that may not offer an immediate reward. Here’s what I mean: after exercise class (which takes far more effort and time compared to tracking), you feel good. You’re sweating, out of breath and feel like you accomplished something – which of course, you did. You have an endorphin rush and feel like you’re on top of the world. You probably don’t get this by keeping a food journal.
After seeing many clients struggle with tracking, here are some suggestions on how to make it more sustainable and interesting:
It’s important to note that in order for something to become a habit it must be consistently practiced for up to a year and a half.
If you struggle with tracking and wish to comment, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark McGill, RD