If you don't measure and don't track, you really have no idea whether or not you are following your program. So often people complain that 'they are doing everything right, but not losing' only to find that they don't measure OR track!
Even if it's just a bite or a taste, track everything that goes into your mouth. Better decisions come from accurate information. If you know what you're actually eating, you can evaluate it realistically and make necessary changes.
Help Food Tracker be more flexible & accurate - enter new favorites in different size servings. For example, my almond milk nutritional info as 1 serving = 1 cup. But what if I like to pour a small splash into coffee? I re-entered (and saved) a new entry using "1 serv = 8 oz" since 1 cup equals 8 oz, right? Then I can guess my splash to be 1 oz or 1/4 oz (or I could resave info with however many Tablespoons per cup.). It would work with metric too.). Makes Life Easier!
The perfect way to make sure leftovers get eaten -- schedule them in on the food planner when you add the original meal. It's easy! You can copy the food group directly over and, for me at least, I'm making my lazy work for me. I'd almost rather just eat the leftovers that I planned than remove all those foods and add in what I really ate. Double win: leftovers get eaten AND tracked!
I have only been doing this a week or so but noticed at first I would pick from the pre-entered food list something that seemed equal to what I was eating if the exact item was not there. But I decided to use the nutrition labels I had available instead and found sometimes to be cheating myself out of nutrition values and calories. I will enter my own foods so that I can more accurately track my progress and see where I need to make tweaks...
I implore everyone to keep track of all their meals during the day. Not only does it help to see where you are in terms of calories, but you can also monitor your fat, carb, and protein consumption.
I had my Omron pedometer stolen (sniffle) so I was on the fence about buying a new one or a BodyBugg and then I searched on my Droid Cell Phone Market and found "CARDIO TRACKER". This App uses GPS to track your route whether your walking/running & tracks miles, time, calories burned, & it's FREE!!!
I have been wearing a pedometer from morning until night since 2001. I record my step counts and distance daily on an Excel spreadsheet. I average the step counts monthly along with my weight and exercise minutes. This gives me concrete evidence of my trends so I can make adjustments if needed.
I had difficulty planning my meals in advance. I now track them one day in advance instead of a week or more.This compromise has made a huge difference in my weight loss.