The Power of a Food Journal

Heather Hall

This article, entitled The Power of a Food Journal, comes from Heather at Body OverHALL.

Unfortunately, you just can’t lose stubborn body fat with exercise alone. And as much as I hate to admit it, when it comes to seeing results, most of it comes from a healthy diet than it does from exercise. On a side note, for those of you that would rather diet than exercise, just know that no matter how healthy you eat, unless you exercise you will never be toned and fit and have the body you want. You need BOTH!

I’ve seen it time and time again, people that work their butts off when it comes to exercise, but you never see their bodies change. Studies have shown that over the course of several months, sedentary obese people that began a vigorous exercise program and did not change their eating habits only lost a total of 1.5 pounds of body fat. Pretty sad. All that hard work for a measly 1.5 pounds!

One of the biggest things we recommend to our clients is to keep a food journal. The benefit of keeping a food journal is that it keeps you honest, as long as you’re writing down everything you eat, no matter how insignificant you think something is. It shows you just how much you are actually eating. And keeping a food journal doesn’t have to take up too much time. Heck with all the smartphone apps our there keeping a food journal should be super simple (unless you’re old school like me and don’t have a smartphone – but it still shouldn’t take up that much time). Make sure to keep track of the time you ate, amounts and servings, and be very specific in what you ate.

Maybe you’re one of those many people that says “My eating is pretty good.” Well, if your eating is “pretty good” then why don’t you have the body you want? A food journal will show you that your “pretty good” eating plan probably is more on the “pretty bad” side. Sorry to be so blunt, but sugar coating things won’t help (haha, no pun intended). Again, be honest. Is it really “pretty good?”

Once you start to realize how you are truly eating by keeping a food journal, you can start to make the necessary changes to get your closer to getting the body you want. And that’s the key – you have to make CHANGES to your eating. Exercising harder, more or differently isn’t going to make up for poor eating habits. Admit that you need to make changes if you want to see changes in your body. Once you do that and start implementing those changes, you will no doubt see results.

Be Well,

Heather Hall
Body OverHALL, LLC
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