Keeping a Food Log

There is a weight loss phrase that says, “If you bite it, you write it”!

Keeping a food log has been proven to be a great weight loss tool. Even if you aren’t trying to lose weight, a food log can help you ensure that you are eating a variety of healthy food.

Begin by writing down EVERYTHING you eat (yes, that includes the M&Ms you grabbed when no one was looking)! You will be surprised by how the mere act of writing it down will deter you from snacking when you are not really hungry. If you are accountable for those M&Ms, they suddenly seem less appetizing.

Take it one step further by including HOW MUCH of the food you are eating. This will help you make sure you are keeping your portion size in line with the correct serving size.

Review your food log once a week and set a nutrition goal for the next week. For example, if you didn’t meet the dietary requirements for the vegetable group then make that your goal for the upcoming week. Focus on improving your diet gradually by make small changes each week.