Yesterday, we posted up an article about the importance of tracking your fitness to ensure you reach your goals. Today, we’ve decided to continue on with the tracking theme and discuss the importance of tracking your diet to meet your nutritional and weight goals.
Calories are something that many of us watch. However, do you really watch them close enough to know if you are eating the right amount every day? Most of us probably don’t right down every meal that we eat and make sure we have the exact calories that we’ve consumed. However, if we were to do this, we could meet out nutritional and weight goals far more easily. That is why keeping a diet journal is so important.
There are many ways to do this. First, you will need to have access to the internet to be able to get the exact calories of things that don’t necessarily tell you how many calories are in the food. If you have a smart phone, you can probably find an app that can do this as well. You do not need to go out and buy an expensive nutrition journal. Instead, just use a spiral notebook to write down exactly what you eat.
Some of us take dieting far too extremely and end up eating hundreds of calories less than we are supposed to. Some of us don’t take nutrition seriously and end up eating hundreds of more calories than we are supposed to. That can be solved easily just be keeping track of what you eat. It will help you reach your goals and keep you healthier. Lets face it, starving yourself and overeating are not healthy things to do so if they can be avoided, that is the best thing to do.
Keeping a diet journal will help you stay on track with your diet and make sure that you don’t stray too far away from what you are supposed to. Make sure to write down how you are feeling that day as well. Most of us eat a lot less if we are feeling sick so you don’t want to look back a week from that day and think you didn’t eat enough. If you aren’t exercising on a day, you probably won’t eat as much and vice versa. Writing down what you do during the day and what you eat really gives you the insight that you need to meet your goals! Have any more suggestions for a diet journal? Let us know with a comment!