Track me, baby, one more time!
Thursday, May 03, 2012
(Not a fun or exciting blog post, so please feel free to skip if you'd like. There's also nothing in here you don't know already.)
As part of the Potter challenge, I'm writing about something that has helped you to remain steady on your course of weightloss/getting in shape. Without a doubt, it has been the nutrition tracker.
Every day, every meal, every bite I have been tracking my food. With only 2-3 exceptions in the last several months, I have remained within my calorie range for the day. I tend to keep to the lower edge of the the range. It takes very little time to do.
If I don't track my food, I tend to be eating more than I think I am. I tend to think, "just one more X. What could it hurt?" And it wouldn't hurt if I didn't have the other things I was eating that day already inside me. If I don't track my food, I don't see so easily that this food or that food provides negligible calories, while this other one packs them on. I can eat calorie rich foods and do, but tracking them makes me stop after a few pleasurable bites rather than eating all that is there.
I've seen a lot of studies that say weight-loss success is far more likely for those who keep a food journal or diary, and that's definitely true for me.