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Keeping A Food Journal


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Keeping a food journal is the key to weight maintenance. When you plan your food daily you will be sure to get all the food groups covered and keep you from eating food that could cause you to regain the weight.

Also make sure you make exercise a daily activity. I keep it as an appointment and go the same time each day so I'm sure to get it done.
- Submitted by SHARONGD 3/25/2010 in Weight Maintenance | 15 Comments
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WOWEETOO 3/25/2010 2:34:00 PM

VEHAMILTON1 9/5/2010 8:56:00 AM

Thank you! I just started on my journey and I have started keeping the food journal. I can see what I eat and what value it has for my health and fitness now and I am finding that my old habits of eating whatever I wanted is starting to change!

WATERMELLEN 3/27/2010 2:40:00 PM

    Eternal vigilance which means: tracking the food intake; continuing and mixing up the exercise programme; regular weighing (and in maintenance, every day works for me). But above all recognizing that as people come to take your slim appearance for granted, you won't be getting external compliments on your "weight loss" anymore. So you're going to need to substitute your own positive self talk and strategic calorie free bribes or rewards to substitue for thse external compliments which aren't gonna be happening!!
DELIA_B 2/27/2011 8:51:00 PM

    Keeping a journal of everything you eat is one of the best things you can do for yourself if you want to lose weight. Once you get used to it, it becomes a habit just like brushing your teeth - just another thing you do to be fit and healthy!
IACCEPTMYSELF 11/21/2010 12:08:00 PM

    "Failure to plan is planning to fail."

A favorite saying of Dr. Mercola and me. emoticon
4OLIVER 3/11/2012 5:19:00 AM

    it makes me responsible for my eating and i get embarraseed even to myself it looks bad. a guilty consence is good is guess
CRANGRAPE 3/9/2012 4:01:00 PM

    I, myself, have never kept a food journal, however, I am going to do it this time. I do remember my mother keeping a running count of 1200 calories per day and she was able to lose weight when she journaled her daily quota. So, after reading these tags I will start journaling so that I may realize what it is I am doing and eating and why I need to be eating; whether hungry or something else altogether. There may be a ton of clues to one's nourishment in a journal. Thanks for the advise. emoticon
IMPROVE_123 7/11/2011 10:44:00 AM

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MYNEWCHANCE 1/5/2011 8:51:00 AM

    I have a question? Maybe it's because I'm old or computer illiterate or something else, but I cannot find where to enter my food intake data anywhere. I've been a member since Jan.11/11 and hit a roadblock each time I try. Can anyone help? emoticon
LORELAIS 7/14/2010 5:19:00 PM

    I dread writing in a food journal - but it keeps me honest and I always do better with losing the weight with than without...
TEDDYTEDDY 4/18/2010 3:40:00 PM

    My only diet successes were when I journaled everything I exceptions. I still am having a problem doing this and the only way I can do it is to carry a note book with me and write down everything I eat and keep track of the size of servings and put it into my tracking on Spark people to be sure I am getting a balance diet in terms of protein, carbs, fats and vitamins. I need to track my sodium because of leg edema, too.
FRENCHTOSD 4/5/2010 11:50:00 AM

    The food tracker is my number one reason for the success I've had. Whenever I stop tracking, weight returns. For 2010 I resolved to track EVERYTHING, and it has made a huge difference for me. Being able to see what I've done and work on improving it is really helpful. Use your food tracker everyone - it's free and it works.
KELLY3305 3/28/2010 12:08:00 PM

MSSIS2 3/26/2010 8:27:00 AM

    I am a Weight Watchers woman and keeping a daily journal works for me. It helps me maintain the number of points allowed per day.
KARLY47 3/25/2010 4:06:00 PM

    I will have to write everything down after my sugery in April,This is a very hard thing to do... emoticon

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