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Discover the Power of Food Tracking

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  • With the heavy emphasis on food tracking in SparkPeople, I would imagine that a bit more can be written about it. Nicole's article is a nice teaser, but how about an expansion? - 6/17/2016 9:01:46 PM
  • The first time I tracked was on WW. I diligently wrote everything that went into my mouth in my log book and yes the weight came off. I also tracked when on MediFast, cooked and weighed my own food for dinner and ate their instant food the rest of the day and the weight came off. Now at 60+ years it seems that no matter what I do the struggle is horrendous to just drop one pound (a box of butter) and it is frustrating. I think the key to weight removal is to cook for yourself, track and weigh the food. I am now considering a meal delivery service which is expensive but not as expensive as going to the hospital due to weight related health issues. WW used to say (for motivation) to look at yourself in the mirror without clothes and jump up and down. This used to work for me, now it is disgusting not motivating. I'm lost and don't know how to find myself. - 6/14/2016 9:11:01 AM
  • Tracking is something I need to do to take better care of me. I HAVE to, it is my number one accountability piece. When I first began tracking, all day every day, without ever making changes or more informed choices...my tracking was busy work. As it slowly began to drive what I ate to hit macronutrient nirvana, to help recognize eating patterns, and to look closely at salt and sugar intake...it became an effective tool and a huge piece in my healthy living puzzle! - 6/10/2016 7:30:08 AM
  • Everyone says that the best way to lose weight is to track your food but tracking food does not always work. I tried tracking using SparkPeople Nutrition Tracker for 6 months and all I did was gain weight because even though I knew eating that candy bar was going to get me off track I still ate the candy and entered it into the tracker. If the tracker could change the way I did things it would work but I have found that I eat the junk just because I can and the tracker can't keep me from eating it. Instead of being a help it only makes me rebel and sabotages me at every turn. You have to want to control what you eat and you don't need a tracker for that. Everyone knows what to eat and what not to eat the tracker may tell you when you are under, over or on track with your calories but can't make you eat the way you should. It isn't the fact that you track your food that you are seeing weight loss. It is the fact that you want to eat right and choose the right food to eat and the amount to eat. The times that I have lost 10 pounds were the times when I did not track but stuck to healthy foods and watched how much I put on my plate. If you exercise and eat mostly veggies and stay away from sweets and salty foods you will lose weight. That is all you need. - 6/9/2016 6:00:24 PM
  • I was never able to lose without food tracking. - 6/9/2016 10:42:12 AM
  • JEANNESPARK
    Food tracking has been key for me not only for the calorie info but, more importantly, the macro and micro nutrient tracking the Sparkpeople nutrition tracker offers. And since I've been tracking my weight daily (yes, daily makes a difference for me), I have lost 13 pounds the past three months. - 6/9/2016 9:48:46 AM
  • Great article! I have to use the Lose It! app, though, because SparkPeople did not make one for my Nook Tablet. But it works, and I am 12 lbs down since I began tracking again! Yay! - 6/9/2016 8:05:23 AM
  • For me, tracking is KEY. And even though I am at goal and have been for over 3 years I still track everything every day, no excuses. As someone wrote, it does make me think a lot about food, and that isn't always what I want to do, but it works. - 6/9/2016 7:53:15 AM
  • HEYKIDDO
    This is so true. I eat WAY more when I don't track my food, because little things you don't even think about add up. And certain foods are shockingly high-caloric. A lot of times it's not even about HOW MUCH you eat, but WHAT you eat that throws you off.

    I'm glad that there are apps now that make tracking food faster and easier than ever. If I had to write it all down on paper, and reread labels a hundred times, I'd give up fast. Apps that let you scan barcodes are a godsend, but as I'm moving away from processed, packaged foods to more natural foods, I'm still searching for the perfect system to make tracking my food painless. - 12/11/2015 2:15:40 AM
  • After coming home from surgery following a heart attack, I made an effort to become aware of what I consumed during the day. I dutifully entered into an automated journal what I ate and drank, and when I took my medications. I kept at it for 5 years, during which I gained more than 35 pounds. I finally realized that while I knew what I consumed, which was more healthful than I ever had before, I had no idea how much. In the last 3 years, after finding SparkPeople and other similar sites, I began measuring my food. In these 3 years, because I had a much more accurate record of my consumption and began a heavy campaign of walking and lots of other cardio exercising, I successfully lost those 35 plus 20 more. In addition to organizing my consumption and exercise practices, I also devised a better system of ensuring that I would no longer miss some medications, which while previously was infrequent, just doesn't occur any longer. - 11/14/2015 10:38:22 PM
  • I agree completely! I've been a member of Spark People for quite some time...but only recently have I really started carefully tracking everything that I eat. It's made a HUGE difference. I used to hate tracking everything because it was so time consuming. Who wants to sit down and figure out how many calories they ate when they get home from a long day at work? That's when I started planning out all my meals/snacks for the upcoming week on Sunday. Spark People lets you log your food up to 7 days out...so that's what I do. I plan what I'm going to eat for the week, enter all the days in at once, and then all I have to do during the week is look up what's already been planned and tracked. It's really taken the headache out of counting calories since I only do it once a week. - 4/30/2014 3:51:30 PM
  • Ive been with sp for some time and found the only thing that works. Is to track when i quit i gain it back so stick with it - 10/15/2013 7:30:47 PM
  • I love tracking my food so I know if I went over or see did I eat enough. - 7/1/2013 9:22:57 AM
  • I really believe that tracking calories in vs. calories out is the best way to diet. It takes a lot of the guesswork out of creating calorie deficits everyday. Personally, I like to use the myfitnesspal app on my iPhone-it makes it so easy to track the foods I eat and the calories I burn, and makes it easier to stay on track!! - 5/29/2013 11:22:02 AM
  • Ive been tracking my meals and exercise for 3 years now and have lost 80lbs. Its great but I believe if I was not tracking I still would have lost the same weight. It was more of lifestyle changes I made. - 4/23/2013 9:13:11 PM

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