According to a study from Kaiser Permanente's Center for Health Research, keeping a food log can double a person's weight loss(1). Food logs can be recorded on something as simple as a sticky note or as tech-based as a wearable tracking device. One thing is for sure; they do not need to be fancy. Whether you prefer a simple or tech-based approach, is up to you and your desired outcome. It is the information you're after. A few things to consider:
- Structure your food log with your meal details, a summary and a goal for improvement.
- Food log in a way that fits your learning style. Whether you need more or less details, stick to an approach that works for you.
As you make progress, you will likely come to an intuitive point at which you want to take a break from food logging. I recommend you do, so that you are not burned out by the effort at which it becomes fruitless for you. As this post is titled, these are tools to help take your nutritional temperature. We only take our temperature if we feel like we are getting sick. Apply that same principle to food logging. If you notice you are getting off track, start to log. As you get back on track, set it aside until you need it again. For you tech-based lovers out there, continue reading for my top picks for tracking nutrition.
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