If your goal is to lose weight it’s extremely important you keep some sort of log for your intake and caloric burn.
This is especially important for those people who like to “graze.” If you are one that eats pretty consistently throughout the day you may be unconsciously consuming calories. Getting into the habit of recording everything you eat will help you get an accurate idea of the number of calories you are consuming each day.
The other aspect of accountability with a log is that if you have to write it down you may make the decision not to eat it. It might sound silly but looking at your log and seeing that you ate a jelly donut for 289 calories and 15 grams of fat might make you think twice.
Looking back you can see why you lost weight or begin to identify reasons that you stayed the same or gained. Being able to identify patterns of behavior allows you a better opportunity to make the appropriate adjustments in your diet.
Tracking also involves looking at your physical activities. What is the history of your workouts, have they increased in intensity or duration? What days are more challenging for you to get in a workout? Keeping tabs on what you do and when can make your workouts more efficient and contribute to greater weight loss.
Here are some free calorie and activity trackers that you can check out on your own:
MY CALORIE COUNTER
My Calorie Counter, powered by Everyday Health, is a free online diet journal that can help you track how many calories you’ve burned and the number of calories in the food you eat.
Fitday.com is a completely free website that tracks your foods, exercises, weights and goals. You can also view your calories, nutrition, weight loss and more. In addition to the free services there are paid options and an iPhone app available.
Daily Burn provides fitness plans, nutritional tracking and social motivation to help you reach your health and fitness goals. In addition to the free services there are paid options and an iPhone app available.
There are many more of these services available to you for FREE either through websites or phone apps. Get out there and try one, if you don’t like it, try another one until you do. I guarantee once you start tracking your intake and exercise you will see results.