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5 Reasons to Write Down Everything You Eat For a Week

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Quick, what did you eat for lunch on Monday? Ok, stop, you have no idea and neither would I. That’s a problem if you are trying to lose or maintain your weight. How do you know what is causing gains and losses if you aren’t tracking things?

I lost 50 lbs. (going from a US size 10 to US size 4)by writing down everything I ate and making changes based on the results. The more I thought about it, the more I think this habit is good for anyone – dieters, and non-dieters alike.

If you need to be coerced, consider these reasons why writing down everything you eat for a week will change your behavior:

    1. You snack a lot more than you realize
      Carry a notebook with you and jot down every item of food and drink that passes your lips. Within a day, you’ll realize just how much you snack. A bad of chips mid-morning, a cookie from a colleague’s stash, a few bits of candy … it all adds up. You might find you’re eating more in snacks than in proper meals. 

If you’ve kept a food diary, what did it tell you? If you’ve never recorded what you eat, how do you reckon your eating habits will look on paper?

Try it for 1 week! What’s 1 week?! This article will tell you how to do it, provide templates, etc.


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