One of the most useful tools when it comes to maintaining a balanced diet is a food diary. Whether your goal is to lose weight, improve your fitness, or just keep off the junk food, a food diary is an invaluable resource in keeping your diet in check, and over the next couple of weeks we’re going to tell you how and why to keep a good journal.
When Are You Eating?
It’s pretty obvious that you should record everything you consume (that’s the whole point after all), but it also makes sense to note the times of day you’re eating. This will make sure you’re keeping to regular schedule, rather than mindlessly snacking, and will deter you from raiding the fridge late at night.
Are You Actually Hungry?
You may think this is a silly question, but believe it or not, hunger isn’t the only reason people head for the kitchen. Boredom, stress and anxiety can all contribute, so figuring out the reason why can stop you from eating when you don’t really need to.
Are Any Patterns Forming?
It can also be useful to record where you are, who you’re with and what you’re doing every time you eat, as these are all factors that could be causing you to chow down unnecessarily without you even realising. For example, you may be gorging on pork scratchings or salted nuts every time you’re down the pub, or maybe you eat a lot more when you’re with your significant other.
How Do You Feel After Eating?
Speaking of spotting patterns, you can also try noting down how you felt following a meal to see if there are reoccurrences. Do you always feel bloated after consuming cheese, or itchy after eating garlic? By recording these results, you can more easily catch these trends.
Now Add Everything Up
At the end of every day, and every week, make a note of everything you’ve consumed. This is the best thing to do to combat overeating, as nothing’s more jarring than realising you eat 10 packets of crisps every week!