Keeping an Accurate Food Diary
A food journal helps you to record your daily food intake as you go through an intensive fitness program, 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.
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. If you have chosen a blank notebook, look for one with enough pages for your daily recording and you can also search online for food diary templates which you can print and copy in your notebook, but if you choose an app, there are an array in the Internet to choose from or you can try online tracking device.
Record your daily food intake
By accurately recording everything that goes into your mouth and being specific in noting down the actual ingredients in some complicated dishes, you’ll be able to recall 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
Write everything in details: your impressions to the meal served before eating them, as well as 20 minutes after eating; your reactions to the variety of foods that you have eaten, noting down what particular foods satisfied you and give a reason for that; your moods during the meal and your hunger level; and instances of side effects after eating, like feeling nauseous or having an upset stomach.
Study the food patterns after a week of tracking
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.
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. It is important to keep track of your weight weekly so you can find out 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.