So why is that?
- When tracking your food, you never underestimate the amount of food you are eating!
- It can help you to pinpoint a trigger food or if there is a time of day that you are most susceptible for snacking. This can help you to adjust your meal plans to ward off those times.
- Journaling can also help balance the nutrients you are taking in. Whether you are tracking your carbs, trying to stay under a certain gram of sugars or have to up your iron. If you are writing it down, you will be more successful in keeping track of those types of things.
- It can help you see where those added calories are creeping into your diet! Could it be the salad dressing you are eating? Those crackers you had with your tuna?
- Most importantly, it keeps your accountable for your choices!
So what have I used? Or rather, what haven't I used. Being 2 1/2 yrs out almost, I've moved around and used many different things! In the beginning it was the post it or writing it in my actual journal. Then I started using http://www.thedailyplate.com/. What is nice about an online site is that you can meet new people who have a shared goal and compare notes! And boy does that keep you accountable!
So these days, I've started using http://www.myfitnesspal.com/. I love this site. My nutrionist recommended we use it. My favorite part of this site is at the end of the day when you are finished you click a button and it says, "if everyday was like today, you would weigh XXX" Oh the joy in seeing a smaller number! And I've now got lots of support group friends and others to help me stay accountable!
So my questions isn't "what are you using?" but rather, "why are you not journaling?"