- A food diary allows you to see what you are eating in writing. There are many times throughout the day when you may just have a small bite of something, or have an unplanned snack that you eat out of habit and forget to include in your calories for the day. We call these amnesia calories. Examples include: creamer and or sugar in your coffee, a couple of french fries from your kids plate, eating the last bite of a sandwich, having a brownie from the break room at work, or taking a chip or two from a bag on the counter. These things all add up. Making a habit of writing all of these little bits down, in addition to your meals, helps you see what you’re truly consuming in a day.
- A food diary helps you stay accountable to yourself. When you know you will be recording everything, you tend to think more when you go to eat something. It helps you figure out whether or not you are truly hungry, or just wanting to eat for some other reason, such as boredom, anger, sadness, or comfort.
- A food diary allows you to figure out where you need to make changes in your diet. By writing everything down, you can tell when you tend to eat out of habit and need to cut back, or when you might need to eat more calories (such as breakfast or lunch) to help you stay satisfied during the day.
The bottom line, however, is honesty. We do not judge you. What you eat is not a reflection on you as a person. It is just information. Important information that we need to know in order to help you. We are here for you, and we are honored that you have chosen us to help guide you through your weight loss journey.
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