A successful food journal will help you record your daily calories and tweak your diet accordingly. If you cheat on your diet, you will have to put it down in your journal and that is sure to make you feel guilty and prevent you from committing a similar offence in the future. So without further ado, here are a few tips for maintaining a successful food journal.
Always carry it around: If you don’t always carry around your food journal with you, there’s a good chance that you might forget to make a particular entry. Choose a small diary that is easy to slip into your bag. Also, make sure you carry it around to work, dinner and even on vacations.
Make an entry as soon as you eat something: Get into the habit of making an entry as soon as you eat anything. This will ensure that you don’t forget. If you forget to record even a small mid-day brownie, it can make a big difference to your overall weight, going forward.
Honest entry: Remember that it’s your personal food journal so nobody else has to see it and there is no reason to lie to yourself about the food you eat. Even if you think that you have indulged in a heavy calorie filled meal, make an honest entry as this will only keep track of those extra calories and will later motivate you to workout harder.
Include food quantity too: It really doesn’t make any sense it you write down entries like ‘had pasta for dinner’. This kind of entry lacks all the crucial information that could actually help you count calories. Add essential information like ‘the pasta had a cheese sauce and I ate about one bowl of it’. There are many websites and apps online that could help you count calories and they also enable you to put in all the required food specifications, thereby ensuring efficient tracking of the food you consume.
Review it every week: Simply making food entries aren’t enough. The most important part about maintaining a successful food journal is to review it every week so that you know where you stand on the diet front. For example, if you faltered on your diet during the week, you can make sure that you workout harder the following week.