Check Your Health: Tracking food for weight loss

Tracking diet. (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) If your goal is to lose weight, tracking your food intake can usually help. In fact, a large study found that keeping food records can double a person's weight loss. There may be many reasons why tracking food is a powerful tool in weight loss including increased accountability and greater insight into what you're eating truly looks like.

Methods of Tracking:

  • Pen & paper
  • Diet tracking Apps - MyFitness Pal, Lose It, in conjunction with an activity tracker such as Fit Bit

Food Tracking Tips:

  • Write on the go. Update your record after every meal or snack rather than at the end of the day.
  • Be detailed. At the minimum, write the foods with as much detail as possible such as portion size, type of food, anything added during cooking.
  • Measure your portions. If you are not measuring/weighing the portions of your foods, there is a good chance you are eating more than you think. Practice at home with food scales, measuring cups, and measuring spoons.
  • Record and review. Update your food record daily, even if you feel ashamed that your cravings got the best of you. Food records are not to judge or feel bad about yourself, they are for learning. Having to record one of those harder days will likely make the next day even better.

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