Is one of your goals this year in any way related to your health…lose weight, eat less, eat more fruits and veggies, exercise more?
Do you not have a clue how many calories you eat each day and you’d like to know?
If so, join me in this seven day challenge: IF YOU BITE IT, WRITE IT!
For seven days write down everything, yes every single thing, that you put in your mouth. Every almond, every cracker, every M&M, every grape, every taste of food as you are cooking…EVERYTHING!!
It’s been proven that most of us consume more calories than we think we do. If you have no idea how many calories you eat each day, this is a great way to find out. Don’t change your eating habits, just write down everything you eat. If you do it in an online program it will figure the calories for you.
If you do have an idea of how many calories you consume and want to cut it back or change the ratio of protein or fruits and veggies in your diet logging your intake is an excellent way to do that. Most of us underestimate how much we eat. Tracking it in written form shows the cold hard truth.
Losing weight is a simple formula of calories in, calories out. You must expend (calories out) more calories than you take in, creating a deficit and forcing your body to burn stored fat for energy. The more fat used, the more weight you lose!
Many studies have proven that those who record everything they eat lose more weight. My own experience is that recording every single bite I eat sometimes prevents me from eating something because I don’t want to look it up and write it down, or I don’t want to see it on my daily log. If I also have a predetermined number of calories allotted for the day it helps me make better food choices. Better choices means I get to eat more food while consuming less calories.
So here’s the challenge…if you eat it, write it down. Simple as that. Can you do it for seven days?
You can use pencil and paper or one of many websites available or an app for your phone.
I will use www.LoseIt.com which allows me to make my entries from either my computer or my phone. If you choose this site as well, we can connect. You can find me on www.LoseIt.com by my email, firstname.lastname@example.org. This site also allows you to record any form of exercise.
Other good websites and apps include Fitday.com. Livestrong.com, CalorieCounter.com. It doesn’t matter which one you choose, just that you do choose one!
Today choose your method of recording. Tomorrow, Jan 9th, 2012, we start tracking. I will post my progress and experience and look forward to hearing your comments and experience as well.