I was recently talking to a coworker about nutrition when I thought about this story that I’ve never shared. It’s a story about using a food diary for first time.
The day before I started losing weight in 2011, I decided to use the Lose It app.
I had actually downloaded the app a month prior but never actually used it.
I opened the app and it asks for your usual metrics: weight, age, sex, etc. I didn’t know my weight so I just put in what I thought I weighed at the time.
I wanted to try an experiment for the day. How many calories was I eating in one day?
I fired up the app and every time I ate something, I put the calorie counts into the app.
At the time, I was mostly eating fast food. I had no clue what I was supposed to be eating. I just wanted to see how much I was eating in a regular day.
Breakfast came and I wrote down everything that I ate. Going off memory, I’m sure it was something from Burger King’s breakfast menu or some other fast food chain like McDonald’s.
Lunch came and I wrote everything down. Again from memory, I think I ate a pizza and breadsticks from Little Ceaser’s.
Dinner came and I’m not sure what we ate. Again, this was in 2011. I’m sure there were several liters of soda consumed throughout the day as well. I wrote those down too.
When I got to the end of the day, my calorie count was somewhere over 6,000 calories in one day!
Literally, I was gaining almost 2 pounds a day just from eating like that.
I looked at that number and went to sleep. I woke up the next day and decided that I wanted to change.
That’s how this weight loss journey started: With one piece of information.
A food diary is important. You never know where you’re going to go if you don’t know where you’ve been.
I told my coworker this.
You need a record of what you’ve been doing in and out of the gym.
I have MyFitnessPal for my food journal and a physical journal for my workouts.
I like to go back to reference things especially if I start to stall on weight loss progress.
You should do this too.
It helps to review everything so you know where you need to improve.
Do you keep a record of your food intake and exercise sessions?