Journaling: the Secret to Losing Weight
by Lynne Bode
When it comes to losing weight, many factors
influence ones success rate: support, exercise
amount, caloric intake, etc. But one factor
you may not have considered is actually an
incredibly easy one to implement.
Keeping written logs of what you eat and
also how much you exercise can be a real tell-tale
prediction of your success. According to a
National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute study,
individuals who kept weekly food logs of their
beverage and food intake lost twice as much
weight as those who did not record their calories.
Twice as much! That is a very impressive
success rate for such a relatively easy tool
to implement into your weight loss arsenal.
Many components of weight loss and fitness
can be challenging. But, compared to those,
it is quite easy to simply record what you
eat every day and how much exercise you participate
All you need is a pen and paper. Then keep
that with you at all times for accurate recordings.
Or, for a more high-tech option, use your
computer to keep your daily logs. You can
use simple word processing software for this.
But, an even better option is using a software
or website that allows you to quickly and
easily enter the information directly on your
computer and have it stored for your own analysis
(or a healthcare provider or fitness professional)
and for historical reference.
Whatever method you use, start logging today.
Here are some of the benefits of tracking
your food and exercise:
Discourages mindless eating
Tracking what you eat encourages you to think
about what you eat. The more you think about
what you put in the mouth, the less likely
you are to make poor choices.
Increases exercise adherence
An exercise log helps prevent workouts from
Monitors the in/out equation
Losing weight comes down to calories taken
in versus calories burned. Logs help bring
that in to full, undisputable light.
Recording every time you exercise (or don't)
proves quite motivating as nobody wants to
see an empty page that makes them feel that
they are failing.
Identifies mind-body connection and root
causes of overeating
A comprehensive food log that also includes
your feelings and circumstances at the time
you eat will help you better identify root
causes of overeating and poor food choices.
Assists Your Healthcare providers
If you decide to illicit the help of a registered
dietician or a personal trainer, being able
to provide them with accurate history of what
you have recently been doing will prove invaluable.
It will help them quickly evaluate your strengths
Check out www.workoutsforyou.com
for a great online option for food and workout
logs, online diaries and even uploading your
own video journals.
Lynn Bode is a certified
personal trainer specializing in Internet-based
fitness programs. She founded Workouts For
You, which provides affordable online exercise
programs that are custom designed for each
individual. Visit: http://www.workoutsforyou.com
for tips, sample workouts and more. Fitness
professionals, learn how to support your clients
online, visit: http://www.trainerforce.com