Dieters who use diet journals and track their food intake typically lose the more weight and maintain a healthy weight for a longer time period than those who don’t.
Typically, dieting and maintaining a food journal is not always easy. Although packaged foods are easy to read and list, diet journals become more difficult to keep for meals that aren’t marked with a nutrition label, like meals at restaurants or at home.
For an effective diet journal, it is recommended to use reputable food-tracker websites, such as The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Super Tracker, Food-A-Pedia.
The American Council on Exercise suggests:
- Choosing a comfortable and suitable format to keep track of your daily diet, such as a smartphone app or using pen and paper.
- Tracking everything you eat throughout the day, even if you can’t find the nutrition label or it is not available.
- Learning about daily eating patterns to understand when you’re most hungry.
Throughout the week, take time to plan out your meals and insert them in your diet journal. It will make tracking your diet much easier throughout the week and allow you to maintain a healthier diet on your journey to good health.
If you’re experiencing health complications due to weight or are looking for dietary suggestions, call 888-452-IRMC (4762) to schedule an appointment with an IRMC Physician Group Family Medicine Provider!