If you missed part one, you can find it here:
Why Logging Food Works
Ok, you are probably skeptical about logging everything you eat. Trust me, I was too, and keeping track of stuff like that just isn’t something I find fun. However, tracking your meals gives you a better understanding of portion control, calorie counts, and other useful information.
I use My Fitness Pal for tracking meals. It is probably one of the easiest trackers I’ve used and it has a phone app for smart phones which makes it convenient.
First you’ll need to decide how many calories you want to eat every day. I am on a 1,350 calorie diet right now. If you are still skeptical about whether tracking food works, try tracking your day with your current eating habits. Unless you are already eating healthy, I bet your mind will be blown.
Yeah, I used to think, “I don’t eat THAT much” but when you are eating a lot of processed food, you can easily overeat.
But I Hate Counting Calories
Believe me, I understand, and I don’t plan on counting calories forever. My plan is to use the tracker until I’m very comfortable with my understanding of portion control and the calorie counts of most foods. Eating whole food 90% of the time makes it a lot easier.
It also helps me a lot to eat the same type of meals over and over. I usually do this mainly with breakfast which consists of egg whites, vegetables, and some type of meat (turkey sausage links, leftover steak from the night before, etc.)
Tracking Food Works for Bad Eaters Like Myself
Before I cracked down on my eating habits, it was easy for me to think I didn’t eat a ton of calories in a day. When I wanted something sweet, I’d grab a brownie bite because they were tiny. One bite turned into two. Two into three…you get the picture.
When I wanted something salty, I’d eat a few chips. Same thing happened, one, two, three and half the bag is gone. Why did I choose these items? Well, first because they were in the house, second they satisfied the cravings instantly, and finally I justified by thinking I didn’t really eat that much during the day.
If you’re struggling with healthy eating, tracking your calories will help you so much. You’ll learn portion control and get used to eating the same amount of calories per day.
Try logging your food. You will learn a lot about your current eating habits and your new ones as well. My next post will talk about why getting rid of junk food in your home is a must and what to do if you live with someone who refuses to eat healthy.
The two workout programs I combine to burn fat:
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