I have been journalling for years. I don't use my journal to just write down what I eat ( for the past two years, i don't track calories but nutrients). I use my journal as a personal blog. how am I feeling? Where am I going on this journey? My anger, my pain, my good times and bad. Was I really hungry when i ate that snack? I add stickers and pictures. I have about 9 journals that I have started and then stopped. I write about Trials and tribulations as well as about successes. I write whether I am actually hungry or not and did the food I ate satisfy me.
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3/12/13 12:05 P
I agree with all the others. Even before I joined Sparkpeople I knew I had to keep track of what I was eating. In the beginning it was on whatever piece of paper I had laying around... a post-it note, scratch paper, even my desk calendar at work. I didn't even write down what it was that I ate... just the calorie amounts. I'm sure if someone looked at that calendar they would think I was nuts, with all the calculations written down everywhere LOL!
But, since losing weight is essentially about calories in vs calories out, I don't see how you could effectively lose weight without doing it, at least at first. As I've gotten down below my goal weight, I still track most days, but tend to be a little more lenient about it on weekends (often I don't do it at all), so you don't have to do it for forever, but it really is essential at first.
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79 3/12/13 11:39 A
I agree with UNIDENT. It helps me because I DO NOT want to see "double cheeseburger" written in my dieting journal. There have been times it pained me to write down a cookie or fried food, but I did it anyways and when the opportunity came around to eat junk I pass it up because I know later on it wont be worth it and I am going to have to track it and see it in print.
Also you can use your journal for so many things..try doing an "inspirational quote of the day." I do everyday, and it is motivating to me. I use mine to write down healthy food items I need to buy on my next shopping trip. I record and make lists or certain chemicals, preservatives, and ingredients that i do not want to consume, I then take my notebook with to the store and read the label to see if it contains anything I wrote down. I also keep track of my exercise. You can be creative and do so many things with a journal. Everyday try writing down how you feel, how motivated you are that day, and if something inspired you, write it down and use that as a tool next time you feel discouraged.
Your journal should relfect YOU personally, and the things that inspire and help you, good luck :)
Writing down everything you eat helps you to see where your calories are coming from so you can make changes to your diet. It can also stop you munching for no reason, since you know you have to write it down and own up to it.
There are no shortcuts. No magic bullets. No secret spells. What works is hard work, dedication, and a daily dose of chocolate.
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9,689 3/12/13 1:23 A
Absolutely. Knowledge is power, and knowing what you're eating, and how much, and when, is the single most critical tool you have in your arsenal!
Tracking your nutrition is the key to success. Most people have no idea how much they're eating, and as a result overeat by accident, even when they think they're eating healthy.
By taking out the guesswork, you're giving your body a fighting chance!
Heather Writer, mother, wife, and breadwinner. I love to run, but running doesn't love me, so I'm switching to my low-impact bike.
It's absolutely THE single largest success factor in weight loss in the entire world.
Nothing else has as reliable a success rate as simply recording what you eat. You don't have to track any particular way, even just jotting it down in a notebook is good enough.
Taking notes not only helps us review and find out what our personal issues are and work on them, but even just the act of having to write it down can stop you from making some choices you don't really want to own up to in print.
Deb, in New Zealand
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9 3/12/13 12:09 A
Do diet journals really make you loose weight?
I've started and quit a few of them but I never asked if writing down your food every day helped you loose weight.
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