The best way to lose weight is to simply eat healthy and exercise. However, all the dieting and exercising combined won’t work if you don’t stick with it – so the really hard part about getting rid of that belly is maintaining a healthy lifestyle. A food diary can help.
Keeping a diary of the foods you eat can help you stick to your diet and lose weight. Writing down every single little thing you eat or drink throughout the day will help you learn to adjust your eating habits. Writing out a long list of unhealthy foods in your diary after a day of heavy eating will generally make you want to eat healthier the next day. Also, most people don’t even realize how much they consume until they actually see it written down on paper. Tracking even how many pieces of gum you chewed forces you to hold yourself accountable for your intake.
Setting a goal for each day and then tracking the amount of calories, fat, carbohydrates, or sugars you consumed provides you with a way to measure your progress before you see the change in your body. Because it can take weeks or months for the pounds or inches to drop off, people tend think the diet isn’t worth it and give up. But if you keep a food diary, you can see that you’re achieving your goal. This will give you the motivation to keep to your diet until you see the actual results on the scale.