I probably wouldn’t be too far off I if I assumed that most of you have tried more than one diet plan before embarking on your current weight loss journey.
I know I did.
I had tried more diets than I’d care to confess to before I finally lost weight using percentage of fat, portion control, and exercise.
I frequently get emails from people asking my opinion on a wide variety of topics. One of the common questions I get is that involving journaling of food. When I teach my weight loss class, not surprisingly called, Fit to the Finish, I offer the participants a food diary sheet they can use if they’d like, but I don’t “require” it. Some people use it, and some don’t.
But perhaps more of them should. A study by Kaiser Permanente found that the people who kept a food diary lost twice as much weight as those people that did not. And the study size was relatively large – 1,700 people. I think it is pretty impressive that the food diary participants lost twice as much weight as the non-food diary participants.
People often ask me whether I kept a food diary as I was losing weight. The answer is no, I didn’t keep a food diary on a regular basis. BUT, I did occasionally track what I was eating for a few days to make certain that I wasn’t
1) Eating too much of a good thing,
2) Missing out on certain nutrients.
The occasional food diary was a good compromise for me, because although I am pretty disciplined, I didn’t think that writing down my food for the rest of my life would be something I could stick with.
However, food journaling doesn’t have to be an all or nothing affair. For me, the occasional food journaling worked beautifully, but for other people, even that small amount of journaling would be restrictive and difficult. For still others, keeping track of every bit of food that goes into their mouth is their number one best way to success. And I admire that because it’s a time-honored, proven strategy.
There are a lot of online diet tools available, but one that I admire greatly is SparkPeople. That’s a free site which offers calorie tracking, an abundance of weight loss articles, exercise routines, message boards and more. Their primary recommendation for weight loss centers around food journaling (through their site), calorie counting, and exercise.
What are your thoughts on food journaling? Yes it’s worth your time, or not for you. I’d love to hear your thoughts. Diane