There’s a reason I think why the health articles I receive and edit to share with you seem repetitive sometimes! When it comes to weight loss basic rules and principles apply ….
This is one of them — write down EVERYTHING you eat. If you find you are having trouble losing weight (whether you’ve just started on your journey or whether you’ve reached a plateau or whether you need to lose those last 5 lbs). How many of us like admitting when we’re wrong ??? This is a sure-fire way of being completely honest with yourself about every morsel you eat/drink in a day. Pay particular attention to the liquids: frou-frou coffee with almost 1000 calories, “good for you” fruit smoothies that aren’t really so good, soda (of course), sweet tea ( a biggie can also be 1000 calories). After baby, I credit food journaling to lighting a fire under my weight loss journey … I didn’t really want to write a Snickers bar down or a Grande latte, not when I was working SO hard to lose the weight, it wasn’t worth it. Try it for just a week or two and see if you don’t have some results
You will lose weight faster if you begin to record your food intake. No one likes this part. If I had a nickel for every excuse I heard for why people can’t track what they eat, I would be so rich that I would be writing about finances instead of weight loss right now. Sorry for the run on sentence, my editor is going to love this that one!
There is something about the written word. Once we write it down, it becomes real. It will also help you in identifying where your trouble spots are. You may think…in your rose colored mind…that you are eating healthy until you read it. Your perception is entirely different. It is similar to tracking your finances. We all think we don’t spend money on anything major then we look at the break down and OUCH! The truth hurts! I don’t know about you but those little things add up. Coffee drinks, lunches, stopping at the make-up counter, they sounded good at the time. In itself they are not bad or pricey purchases, but at the end of the day, week and month, we may experience sticker shock. Except that it is too late, we looked after we bought.
The same is true with food. The little things add up. A handful of m&m’s, a few chips, a cookie, etc. They will add up in empty calories and impact carbs. This week’s assignment is easy. Write down everything you eat. It will make you accountable and aware of where to make changes.
Mind Over Platter, Rosa Smith Montanaro