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5 Ways to Get the Most Out of Food Tracking
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Thank you for your content. It’s really worthwhile reading your article. You are an inspiration to us all. Here’s a great way I found to lose weight, I hope it helps some others too! It works 100% incredibly https://bit.ly/2HiQKDR
Good to know.
If I track, I eat better, as I don’t want to track the fails lol.
In one of Tom Clancy's books, Jack Ryan quotes his wife the opthamalgic surgeon as saying "If it isn't written down, it never happened". If you don't journal your weight loss journey, you cannot go back and see what worked and what didn't or in other words, it never happened.
Tracking is the only way I have been able to lose weight and helps me get more balance to my diet because I can see what I need more of as the day progresses. It helps me to choose better because I can see the trends. I almost always have to reenter nutrition info because rarely does what is in the main search database match the label of what I have. I also like to add the potassium, iron, calcium and a lot of people don't do that.
Using the Favorites list speeds up tracking for me. The problem is finding an entry that is exactly what I am eating. I sometimes need to take the time to enter an item and all of the nutrients listed and be sure that it is marked to go on my "favorites" list. Over time, the list includes almost everything I eat. Another help is backtracking to a previous meal and copying it to the current day. If you have submitted a recipe to Sparks and listed it in favorites, you can enter a serving with one click and all of the calories and nutrients appear in your meal. Any shortcut keeps me tracking.
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One of the problems I have with the Spark nutrition tracker is tracing the percentage of vitamins and minerals. Trying to keep track of calcium was frustrating. If I put one cup of milk in the tracker, I get 25%. Now if I change the amount of milk I drink to half a cup, the percent is also cut in half. This becomes so inaccurate that it’s absolutely pointless to track vitamins and minerals. Granted, calories are more importantly track, but what is the point of tracking vitamins and minerals at all?
I fought tracking when I first started and I'd track the good food choices and act like the binges and emotional eating didn't happen. It didn't take long to realize I was only lying to myself and getting in my own way of reaching my goals, and that realization has kept me focused on tracking everything.
Thank you! I have problems with tracking that weren’t addressed.
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