Keeping a food journal is nothing new. It IS, though, an effective way to get a handle on your caloric intake. A 2008 studyin the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that keeping a food diary can double a person’s weight loss.
The cool thing is you don’t need any fancy equipment: a pen and paper is it. You can certainly get fancy with apps or more sophisticated journals that offer motivation like the popular Biggest Loser Food Journalor this fun "What Did I Eat Today?" journal.
Here’s the thing: you don’t have do this all the time. Do it while you’re just starting out, say a month, to get a handle on what your food triggers are. I like to log my caloric intake but real life gets in the way. I am actually logging my intake right now because I am trying to lean out before a photo shoot TODAY!
The crazy thing is - writing down your food intake works. It helps you become more mindful of what you’re eating.
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