MyDoc Tuesday Tips: Keep a food diary to improve your overall health
Creating a food journal will not only allow you to make positive changes to your diet but will also reveal any unnecessary tendencies that could possibly be negating you from reaching your goals.
There are significant associations between self-monitoring what you eat, drink and how much you exercise and weight loss.
- Strong evidence shows that people who monitor their food intake using food diary or tracking apps are able to reach their weight loss goals easily. This is also true if you are trying to maintain your weight loss.
- It allows you to be aware of the quantities and calories of what you actually eat. Studies reveal that we tend to underestimate our food intake by up to 40%! This is especially true for those who suffer from obesity.
- It gives you clues of your body’s reaction to certain foods, how food and food patterns influence your energy levels, bowel habits, mood, and your snacking habits.
MyDoc suggests you write down what you eat consistently, and do this immediately after food consumption so that you will not forget. Include in the food diary the time, type of food and quantity eaten. If you want to make it more comprehensive, include your satiety, mood, bowel movements, and physical activity after each meal.