Track then eat or Eat then track
Saturday, November 30, 2013
After looking back at my food tracker I have noticed a pattern. I tend to follow 2 different ways when tracking my food.
During the week while at work I tend to track what I am going to eat in the morning and follow it throughout the day. When I get home each night I make adjustments, subtracting what I didn't eat that day and/or adding anything extra that I have eaten. I am usually near the middle of my range when I do this.
On days that I don't work I tend to eat then track. I eat willy nilly throughout the day and then at the end of the day I try to remember everything I ate. These are the days that I usually go over my calorie range. Sometimes way over. Very rarely I go under my range. I also tend to go over on sodium, carbs, and fat, while going under on protein.
On my non-work days I need to either track then eat like I do during the week or if I am going to eat then track I need to track closer to meal times not at the end of the day. By waiting until the end of the day and then putting in the tracker 99% of the time I am way over.
By recognizing this pattern I believe that I can reverse my recent weight gain. I do so well during the week and then undo everything so quickly on my days off. Heading into the holidays I am going to be off more than usually so knowing this I have a plan.