Whatever your health and fitness goals, you’ll find it easier to stay on track if you keep a food & exercise diary. Research shows that dieters who keep a food diary will lose on average 50% more than those who don’t.
It doesn’t have to be fancy – just a blank A4 sheet divided into days or a spreadsheet will do. There are also plenty of online food & exercise diaries (we like www.weightlossresources.co.uk) and Apps out there if you want to be a bit more scientific.
So how does it work?
Well, first of all, it acts as a discipline. It’s so easy to have an extra snack or drink and completely forget about it. These add up over the course of the week so you get to the end and wonder why you haven’t lost weight. If you have to write everything down, then you’ll think twice before consuming it.
It will also act as a way of pinpointing what’s gone wrong and where you have to make improvements. That might mean cutting out the biscuits, adding more fruit, or freezing leftovers instead of having second helpings.
A food & exercise diary will also remind you how long it’s been since your last workout, and you can use it to plan in your gym visits, and make sure you have your gym kit with you.
Yes, it’s a bit of a pain to do, but the results will be worth it!