Why Food & Exercise Logs Help with Weight Loss

This coming year – 2010 – you are going to reach your weight loss goals!  Changing your eating habits is the key to success and keeping a food and exercise log or journal will help you reach your goals.  The American Journal  of Preventative Medicine conducted a study that showed people who logged their food intake lost twice as much weight as dieters who did not keep a food log.  This study goes to show us that when we have to log and report to someone, we tend to think twice about the food choices we make.  There are many ways to log your food intake and exercise strategies!  These include:

  • Pen and Paper – recording throughout the day or at the end of the day
  • Using a Computer and Excel document – you can even use your blackberry if you want to!
  • Using Software –  There are many special software packages you can purchase.
  • Using Food Log Websites

Review your logs everyday and strive for a diet rich in vegetables and fruits!  Keeping a food log helps monitor your caloric consumption as well as your eating habits and trends.