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Friday, April 1, 2011

Tracking Your Food: The Right Way To Do It

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When you first start your diet one of many things you will learn right away is that maintaining a food journal is very helpful. Keeping a food journal makes it possible to determine the foods you are eating as well as the foods you are not eating. For example, after you keep a food record for a few days you could notice that even though you eat lots of fruit, you almost never eat any vegetables. Writing all of it down will allow you to see precisely which parts of your diet plan really need to change as well as how much exercise you are going to need to do to make sure that you keep your caloric intake in check.

But let's say you write every little thing down but no excess weight drop off of you? You can observe your meals the right way or the wrong way.

You ought to be very particular whenever you write down the things that you are eating. It is not enough to just record "salad" on a list. The correct way to do it is usually to note down all of the ingredients in the salad as well as the kind of dressing that is used. You also need to write down the amount of of the foods you are eating. "Cereal" is not good, however "one cup Shredded Wheat" can be. Don't forget that the more of some thing you consume, the more calories you are going to consume so you need to list out the measurements of what you eat so that you will know precisely how many calories you take in and will need to burn.

Be as specific as you can get while you note down the things you eat. It isn't enough to simply record "salad" on a list. You need to list all of the ingredients within that salad as well as the type of dressing on it. You also need to note down how much of the foods you are eating. "Cereal" seriously isn't as beneficial an entry as "one cup Honey Nut Cheerios." Remember the more you consume of something the more calories you take in so it is important that you list quantities so you know exactly how much of everything you're eating and how many calories you need to burn.

Record your feelings while you eat. This could show you if you use meals to solve emotional issues. This may also show you whether or not you gravitate for specific foods based on your mood.

Write down your emotions when you eat. This can help you pinpoint when you use foods to help soothe emotional issues. It also makes it possible to see clearly which foods you have a tendency to choose when you find yourself in certain moods. Lots of us will reach instinctively for processed food when we feel disappointed or angry and we are more likely to select healthy options when we feel happy or content. Paying attention to what you reach for when you are upset just might help you stock similar but more healthy items in your house for when you need a snack-you could also begin talking to someone to figure out why you cure moods with food (if that is something that you actually do).

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