By Joshua Sharp, CFL-1, Ideal Collaborative Nutrition Specialist
You may be asking yourself, what the hell is a food logging train? To be honest, that was my attempt at getting you to read my article, haha. Now that I have you, let’s talk food logging. When it comes to managing your weight, having a log is extremely important. Visually seeing what you’re consuming is key. It keeps us honest, right? There are so many ways to do it too. Through today’s technologies, tracking what you eat has never been easier. So the question is why should you log in the first place.
Surplus of FOOD
Managing your weight in today’s times has become a bit challenging. There’s a surplus of calories in every grocery store, restaurant, and even in your homes and it’s never been easier to consume them. In order to control the surplus of calories, there needs to be a tracking system in place. This is were logging becomes an important tool for weight management. It gives you a realistic visual of what you are consuming. It also shows you how many calories and the quality of those calories that are going in. Whether you’re in a hypercaloric state (increased caloric intake), Isocaloric state (maintaining a caloric intake), or hypocaloric state (deficit caloric intake) logging your food is extremely beneficial to your nutritional journey and goals. And there are so many was to track them.
Logging…No Not Trees
Along with the surplus of calories, there are so many ways to log them. With all the technologies out there, the one that never fails is ink to paper. It takes a bit of extra effort, but learning to read a nutrition facts label, weighing and measuring your food, and learning the content of those foods is highly beneficial to your knowledge of food. But, speaking of technology, there is an abundance of food logging apps out there. The ones to look for should be easy to use, show accurate calories of all foods, store daily content of meals, and even show a macronutrient breakdown. These are just some of the things I would look for in an app. By no means am I a salesmen or endorser of this app, but MyFitnessPal is an awesome and very easy to use food logging app. Yes, I too use a food logging app. It’s given me some really great results.
The Key to Your Success
As you can read, logging your food is extremely important for weight management. It keeps us honest with how many calories we are actually intaking. Along with the quality of those calories. Remember, Honesty is the most important thing to logging. The food apps or ink to paper journals/diaries are the tools to use for you to be successful in your nutritional journey and goals. Logging is one more tool for you to grow your knowledge. Knowledge reigns supreme.