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Keeping an Accurate Food Diary

When you’re into a fitness program, having a food journal can allow you to keep track of what’s going on in your eating habits and lifestyle, to which they can be part of the factors in helping you succeed in your fitness programs, such as: an accurate picture of what you eat daily, a good way to gain more control over your diet, give you a good insight into what you’re eating and how it affects your health and lifestyle, and, best of all, may help you manage or lose weight or eat healthier.

Set up your diary

Choose your kind of journal, whether it be in a notebook or by downloading a food journal app on your smart phone, and put record headings of the following: a record of the date, time, place, item eaten, quantity consumed, and some comments. You can search online for food diary templates which you can print and copy in your notebook, if you have decided to record your food diary in a notebook, and if you prefer to download an app, there are many to choose from the web or you can try online tracking device.

Write down everything you eat

Make it as much as possible to be accurate in your recordings, such that you be very specific in taking notes of everything that goes into your mouth and breaking down complicated foods, by noting down the specific ingredients used so that you’ll remember what foods went into each dish and its equivalent calories. Record everything including snacks, beverages, and, especially, water to determine on whether you need to consume more water to help you hydrated.

Write down the reaction to the food you have eaten

Jot down what were your impressions to the meal served before eating them and 20 minutes after eating, write again your reactions to the variety of foods that you have eaten, noting down what particular foods satisfied you and give a reason for that, as well as your moods during the meal and your hunger level and if there were instances of side effects after eating, like feeling nauseous or having an upset stomach.

Look for food patterns in your eating habits

There will likely be a pattern of the food choices that you made in your daily food intake, which you should study and analyze to determine if the foods affect your mood or which meals leave you hungry or satisfying or what situations do you tend to overeat.

Take note if there is a positive development towards your objective

Being able to track your progress through a food diary is a motivating experience, most especially if your goal is to lose weight the proper way, and, in this manner, you feel like moving on towards achieving your goal will be almost there. To track this significant progress, record your weight at the end of each week and see if it is fluctuating and note what foods were eliminated for helping you maintain weight without feeling hungry or weak, and record what exercises you have performed during your food diet journey.