Food Logs – do they work?…Heck yeah! I took a break from logging my food back in June . I did okay until my sabbatical started. Why? Well I had a good system going. I knew what was available for me to eat, I had some options that gave me variety, and I got to a point where the consistency Monday through Friday made sticking to my plan easy. Once I started my sabbatical it changed everything. No work cafeteria with all those options that I had nailed down. I did attempt to start logging my food again in November but I was not committed. When Chris (personal trainer) did my measurements near the end of the year the results were (to say the least) disappointing. You’d think with all that extra time I was spending at the gym I would have had good results – nope! So I started logging my food again after the new year and I’m back in control.
The other benefit of having a personal trainer is that I print off my food logs every Tuesday and Chris reviews them with me and gives me pointers on improving my nutrition. This is an ongoing process. There’s always opportunity for improvement.
Bottom line…logging your food daily puts you in control. Eating healthy is easy but it requires awareness. How many calories, carbs, protein and fat are you consuming? How much does the portion size impact the numbers? It’s an eye-opening experience to actually research the nutritional information for restaurant food. You’d be shocked to find out how many calories are in your favorite dishes. let alone fat and carbs. This is where your level of commitment is essential.
If you’ve admitted that you are NOT Happy Being Fat then it’s time to step up and be aware of what you are putting in your body. Simple changes in the beginning of your fitbattle can have amazingly huge results. Like what (you ask)? Eating a high protein breakfast (the most important meal of the day) and if you are currently eating only three meals a day adding a fourth and eventually a fifth meal. Try it…you’ll like the results.
One last question…how do you log your food? Well you can find an online food log to use. There are both free and for a fee options out there. Or you can buy a food log at the book store. Personally I use the Bodybugg system. It’s a hangover from when I wore the BodyBugg my first year and a half in battle. There is a fee to use their website and honestly I’m not even sure if you can have a membership without buying a Bodybugg. Another website I’ve recently come across is fitbit.com. I was able to register for free without purchasing the fitbit and although I haven’t actually logged anything yet, it does seem similar to the Bodybugg site. You may also want to check to see if your company offers any online tools as part of a wellness initiative. Well that’s it for now. Until tomorrow… Kathi