Tracking food each day helps me know what I have actually consumed, the calories, and the nutrients. I can observe what is different from day to day and pin point what may have caused a weight gain or loss.
The Spark people food tracker is fantastic because it will give you a report that breaks down each category you choose such as nutrients, calories, percentages per meal, etc. The benefits are that you can receive help as to what foods you should add and what foods you need to avoid.
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Food tracking can be tedious and time consuming, so I find it helps me stay on track if I track my food a week ahead. I plan my menus and write up my grocery list every weekend anyway, so while I'm at it, I fill out my SP logs for the week. During the week, I only need to track my water and make minor modifications as they come up. Also, once it's out there, I seem more likely to stick to it!
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