For a lot of women, Weight Loss is a nightmare. It seems like either nothing works or nothing lasts. If you lose it, the pounds and inches come back. If you don't lose it, you end up indulging with a big "Screw it" attitude.
I know it because I could relate for the longest time.
I would spend HOURS working out, on top of my physical job (I'm a professional dancer). Treadmill, bicycle, elliptical, weights, INSANITY, P90x, Cardio Barre, Dance Classes, Yoga, Pilates. You name it, I probably have done it (and intensely).
Let me start by saying that 'weight loss' has to be about getting to your body's ideal weight, not being anorexic and mentally ill (I was diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa at 14, so I know what I'm talking about).
With that said, let me cut to the chase. Ladies and Gentlemen, your ideal weight has 25% to do with exercise, 75% to do with your diet, with your nutrition. I hesitate to use the word diet because usually, for most, it means depravation. You have to think of FOOD as FUEL. Great Quality Fuel is what your body needs. Think about the food you ingest. After the taste buds told you whatever they did about the food you just put in your mouth, you swallow that food and now it's up to your organs to digest it and decide what to do with the nutrients (or lack thereof) it has just received. I can go on a long tangent about what your organs go through, but I think you get the idea. Let's leave that for another time.
So how does this relate to weight loss? Well,...
Did I lose you?
Studies have proven that using a weight loss journal will pay off. One study for instance, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine noted that of the 1,685 overweight or obese people studied for a six month time period, the most powerful predictor of whether or not they lost weight was how many days they use their journal to record their food intake.
Likewise, another study that was published in 2008 by the Kaiser Center for Health and Research in Portland, Oregon noted that of the 1,700 people participating in the study, those who kept a food diary for six months lost twice as much weight as those who didn’t journal their meals.
Reasons why food journaling is powerful:
- Greater awareness of food choices
- Ability to Track Trends/Changes (if one diet worked better for you than another)
- Identifies Food Intolerances
Some people are ready to click out of this page because we live in a busy world and you don't have time for food journaling. However, that are tools out there that make that statement no longer true simply because they assist making food journaling effective and time efficient.
Preparation is key to success.
Tools that help with food journaling
I personally love using FOODUCATE. Check out their website, and download the APP. With the FOODUCATE APP you can scan products or look them up by name while grocery shopping and see what kind of rating that product has received. Products are rated based on nutritional facts. I stick to products rated "B" and above. Healthy grocery shopping is now easy! This APP serves as a nutritional coach for me. It helps me stay accountable. You can set weight goals there and it will tell exactly how many calories (energy) you should intake. It also allows you to calculate in your exercise. It's just very personal!
Another option is EatThisMuch.com 's Meal Planner. Here you will get a listing of exactly what you are to be eating each and every day of the week, so it acts as your food journal as well.
There are so many diets out there. Protein diets, Eskimo Diet, Carbohydrates Diet, Cleanses, etc. I will be writing in the near future about diets that I have tried and enjoyed and saw results. One of them is the Paleo Diet. You can check out that blog here. My future mother in law did it and lost 9 pounds already.
Check out FOODUCATE and EatThis Much.com and see which one suits you best.
So there you have the main reasons why you should be utilizing a good meal planner and food journal. It’s one of the best tools to guarantee that all the hard work and effort you put in with your diet pays off and you see the long-term results that you’re looking for.