My weight loss coach has told me that I should keep a record of everything that I eat in order to achieve long-term weight loss success.
And it’s true.
If you want to lose weight, exercise and have the body you deserve then keeping a diary will go hand-in-hand with your increased exercise regime.
You should write in it everything you eat and drink during the day.
You could use a phone app. There are hundreds of text recording apps out there, including dedicated dieting apps that allow you to record everything you have eaten and will even in some cases assign the correct calorific values to them as you select the items from the list in the app.
I would also suggest, learning from experience here that you not only right down exactly what you have eaten and what you have drank during the day, but also the emotions you felt at the point you reached for that food or drink.
I think you will realise if you are struggling with your weight that a lot of what we eat is actually not necessary in terms of fuelling our bodies, but is used more by us as comfort.
One of the biggest problems with people who can’t lose weight is comfort eating, aka emotional eating.
The truth is that numerous studies have shown that people who keep a food diary are far more likely to succeed in losing weight. It shows you are committed to the process and it makes you confront what you are eating every single day.
It doesn’t need to be an extensive diary, doesn’t need to be some big flowery book, and you don’t need to pay a lot of money for something on your phone. There are tons of free ways are doing it.
I would suggest you keep it personal. Don’t show it around, don’t leave it lying around. Especially if you are recording your emotions inside, it can be a highly personal document and you may feel vulnerable if someone else reads it.
The other great thing you can do from a dieting tips point of view, to speed up your metabolism and help with weight loss and exercise efficiency is to drink lots of water and replace other drinks with it.
Don’t do a halfway house drinking squash for example. Just drink plain water. I know it will feel boring the beginning, you will quickly get used to it and there is nothing like water for helping you to lose weight.
Millions of years of evolution should have taught us not to go near anything other than water, but unfortunately the human mind is fickle and sometimes it’s too easy to do.
Finally, before I have to leave this blog article and head off back to real life to go to work for the day, I have to tell you you need to stick at this for months the solidly. If you don’t you will not do it forever. If you stick at it for a month it will become ingrained as a habit in your daily life and it you will be able to do it effortlessly for ever.