Have you ever thought I don’t eat that much so why can’t I lose weight? I have a challenge for you. Take one week and create a food log by writing down everything you normally would eat. Everything – that includes every bit of your kids’ leftovers, each peppermint that is on your desk and the tasting you do while preparing a meal. I know I have been guilty of saying “I did not eat a piece of cake.” Instead I would take a little pinch each time I walked by the platter. I would have probably eaten fewer calories if I had just cut myself a piece of cake.
I can become unaware of those calories that can sneak in each day if I am not mindful and those are the calories that quickly add up. However, it does not feel like I am eating much.
Periodically, keeping a food journal, by writing down everything you eat can give you a true picture of your food intake and may show you the following:
- The mindless calories that you were to busy to notice such as snacking while working at the computer or eating the leftovers on your kid’s plates
- Certain times of the day, emotions or habits that can be a trigger to eat, despite hunger
- If the foods you are eating are really giving you the nutrients you need and will keep you full and satisfied
I have often heard women say that they are too scared to write it down. Before changes can be made that lead to a consistent healthy diet, you have to first become aware of what you are eating and why. Writing it down is the first step to recognizing why you may be gaining weight when you feel like you don’t eat.
After taking the challenge of a food log,
you discover that you have unwanted calories, certain habits and patterns that may be keeping you from feeling good about your weight, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a consultation on how you can make changes that will allow you to feel good about your weight and your body.