Food diaries – why they are so helpful for weight loss

Are you a snacker, grazer or 3 meal a day person?  Do you skip breakfast, have little lunch then feast all evening because you are starving or “because you deserve it”?  Do you eat because you are tired, miserable or bored? Are you “good” most of the time, but have mini food “breakouts” because it is all too difficult?

Eating habits are shaped over our lifetime.  Identifying and understanding them is the first stage in your journey to a healthier weight, and the easiest way to do this is through a food diary.

A food diary not only helps you remember what you have eaten, it helps you to identify why you ate and how the food made you feel.  It also helps you get back in touch with feelings of hunger and fullness – feelings you may not fully recognise, particularly if you eat randomly or chaotically.

Most importantly, food diaries enable you to identify habits or food choices that may be contributing to your being above a healthy weight.  Once these are identified, you have a starting point for change.  Continue reading