Keeping track of what you eat is a great weight loss or weight maintenance strategy. It’ll let you see whether or not you’re getting the right amounts of protein, carbs, veggies, and healthy fats. You’ll also know when you’ve had too many sweets or other unhealthy foods. (Like too much peach ice cream. Yum!)
Find a tracking method that works for you. Keep a handwritten food diary, use an app on your smart phone, a Word doc, Excel spreadsheet, etc.
I use an Excel spreadsheet for my weekly meal plan which is based on the number of portion control containers and types of healthy foods I should eat each day. (The containers came with my Beachbody 21 Day Fix Challenge Pack. The number of containers per day varies depending on the workout program, your current weight, and if you want to lose weight or maintain.)
I print out the plan each week and then scribble in the not-so-great things I’ve eaten on a particular day. I just find this easier to do. I tried keeping a food diary but could never remember to write down my food. I used an android app for 21 Day Fix to keep track of how many containers I’d had each day, but I like to know what I’ve eaten, and there was nowhere in the app to record this. Plus I’d lose track of how many containers I’d had and couldn’t remember if I’d recorded everything.
Even following a meal plan, I sometimes mess up and eat too many carbs or not enough veggies, etc. Oops!
There are certainly easier methods than a spreadsheet 🙂 And who knows, one day I may get tired of using the spreadsheet and move onto something else, but for right now, this works for me.
Do you keep track of your food? What method do you use? I’d love to hear your ideas.