Tracking Makes a Difference, but...I Have Questions...
Sunday, February 17, 2013
I know it's true, even if I don't want to admit it. Writing down my food and tracking my calories make a big difference in what I eat during the day. Even if I'm not exact or if I go back and enter it to the best of my memory after the fact, it still curbs my indulgence (overindulgence?!).
I sometimes get overwhelmed with the idea of having to track calories - how can such a little thing seem so time consuming? I have the app for my phone and I log on to a computer fairly frequently throughout the day - whether for work or at home.
Long ago I lost 40# through weight watchers - mostly from tracking my food. And then you looked it up in books, wrote it down in a book, and added up the totals. When I stopped writing down the calories, the pounds crept back on - that should be pretty clear indicator.
But, it still seems like an effort. I'm trying to change that mindset, because I know it works. I need to stop fighting it and embrace it. How much time out of the day does it really take? Not much.
Does anyone out there have any good tracking tips? Either psychological or practical?