Monitor, monitor, monitor!
Monitoring goals and progress is one of the vital steps to tackling ANY lifestyle change. It helps keep your goals at the forefront of your mind, boosting motivational levels and helping hone in on goals.
Keep a Food Journal
You can learn a lot about your eating habits and food triggers from a food journal. People who record what they eat are 50% more successful at weight loss (especially at the beginning of their weight loss journey)!
Record everything that you eat and drink and think about areas you think you could improve. For example, you might notice that you feel out of control at dinner time if you miss your afternoon snack. Solution: have a small, healthy afternoon snack. Then re-evaluate how it worked out.
Check out the “Lose it!” app or FitDay for free diet journals.
Once or twice per week only! On the same day(s) and at the same time.
Everybody’s weight naturally goes up and down throughout the day. Did you know that your weight can fluctuate about 5 lbs in a day?! Weighing yourself too often is inaccurate and can be discouraging, while not weighing yourself at all can lead to small weight gains that you would otherwise never notice and hence not be able to do anything about!
Do the Next Best Thing
Everybody gets off track sometimes. If you feel you that you didn’t make the best choice at a meal or snack, don’t fret, just make the best choice that you can at your next meal or snack.
Do it! Pick a weigh- in day and start recording EVERYTHING you eat and drink.
Post it! How do you keep track of your food intake? Do you have a favorite app or website or do you prefer the tried and true paper and pen method?
- A & M, www.getrealgurlsnutrition.com