Research has shown that people who keep track of what they eat, lose more weight than those who don’t. That’s probably the biggest reason I’ve been a big loser on Weight Watchers. I don’t have to read a 200-page research paper to believe that keeping some sort of food diary promotes weight-loss success. I’ll use myself as an example. I ALWAYS want a sweet treat shortly after dinner. I might do something like pop a dark chocolate wafer into my mouth. That’s about the time when I’m reaching for another when I think, “Let me check the point value on this.” When I see that each wafer is 3 points, I immediately decide that I only need one! Now I can have more if I want to – it’s just a matter of deciding if I want to use my points that way. When I have these moments, I typically think of Sir Francis Bacon and his famous quote, “Knowledge is power.” Some say that it isn’t – that the power lies in the action taken after acquiring the knowledge. Whichever the case, I know that when I keep track of what I eat, I tend to lose weight. When I don’t, I’m sure to gain!
There are all kinds of ways to track what you eat. I used to track my food intake via a physical journal.
Consider finding the method of tracking that works for you. It gives you access to the knowledge of how much you’re really eating and the power to perhaps make a different choice.