Journaling for Weight Loss

Journaling for Weight Loss

Journaling is known to be a great stress reliever for many people, but did you know that journaling can also be a useful weight loss tool? Here are a few ways that journaling can facilitate your weight loss journey.

Holding you accountable– When you track the foods you eat throughout the day, you become more conscious of what you’re actually putting into your body. If you have to write down the foods you’re eating, you’re more likely to make healthier choices

Nothing slips through the cracks– Writing down everything you eat and drink during the day will help you identify where extra calories are sneaking into your diet. It’s important to write your food down right away rather than waiting to write it all down at the end of the day. It can be pretty difficult to remember every little thing you ate throughout the day, so waiting until the end of the day to journal often leads to missed calories.

Deterring– Journaling every food and drink you consume throughout the day can be a great deterrent for overeating and making poor food choices. If you know you have to write down that tray of cookies you scarfed down, you might not eat them!

Recording– Weight loss journals provide a concrete record. Having a record of your food can be very beneficial in more ways than just weight loss. For example, you can write down how you felt after eating, did you get an upset stomach? Gas? By tracking not only the food you eat, but how you feel afterwards, you can identify possible allergies or aversions you may have and cut them out of your diet to ensure you feel great throughout the day.

Understanding – When you journal your consumption, add in a space for mood. This will help tie in probably the most important piece… WHY you eat. Figuring out triggers can often be the missing piece of changing for intake behaviors

What to journal:
• Your weight at the start of weight loss journey and at regular weigh-ins
• Any goals you may have (a goal weight, being able to do something you couldn’t do before)
• Portion sizes of foods you eat and nutritional info (calories, sodium, carbs, etc.)
• Record any exercise you did that day (what you did/how long)
• Log the mood you were in when you ate

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