If you’re thinking about losing weight, starting a fitness plan, or even gaining weight, then you need to be aware of exactly what you’re eating!
Just thinking that you’re eating healthy is not good enough. If you’ve never kept a food journal before, then I’m bold enough to tell you that you have no clue what you’re eating!
Let’s look at several scenarios that you might find yourself in if you’re not aware of what you’re eating.
- You’re eating way more calories that you should. Trust me! For instance, that granola that you think is healthy, well, it’s full of sugar and calories.
- The fruit juice that you drink because you think that fruit juice is healthy for you. Well, it’s full of sugar and calories.
- Those 3 protein bars a day that you’re eating because some guy like me talks about high protein diets and why you need protein, well guess what? Some of them are full of sugar! Although I eat a protein bar a day for a snack, I do consider it a pain point in my nutrition plan as it is in no way a whole and natural food.
You get the point, even when you think you’re eating healthy, you likely are not eating as healthy as you think. The only true way to know is to create a food journal and see for yourself exactly what it is your eating, written down on paper…pardon that bygone terminology…on your screen!
Luckily, there’s an awesome website that makes it super easy to keep track of what you’re eating while you’re getting a grip on your nutrition plan. I used this website for the first couple on years on my path to super fitness until my nutrition plan had become a habit! I still return from time to time to make sure I’m still on track too. As time goes on, you’ll gain a better understanding of the foods you eat from day-to-day, but it’s always helpful to return to a point of reference sometimes.
To begin, go to www.myfitnesspal.com. You’ll see a page that looks like this:
Next you’ll be asked some basic demographic questions.
Then, the site will ask for your friends email addresses and say that “Members who diet with friends lose 3X as much weight!”
Although, it is helpful to have friends along for support, it’s against web etiquette to ever give anyone’s email address to a website. I suggest just asking a friend to go and sign up as well. Heck, forward them this blog post if you think that will help.
Then you’ll be presented with some recommended fitness and nutrition goals. Keep in mind that these are baseline goals only. Everyone’s body is different, we have different sizes, metabolisms, and exercise routines or lack thereof. You’ll need to tweak these goals by 100-200 calories a week until you find a range that is working for you.
Don’t worry if you don’t get it exactly right to begin with. This health and nutrition thing is a lifelong process. We have to approach fitness and weight loss one step and a time, one day at a time.
The good news is that by beginning to keep a food journal, you’re on the right track!
I’ll follow-up in a couple of days to go over setting goals in Myfitnesspal with more detail, answer any questions that have come up, and demonstrate creating my own food journal. Stay tuned!
Note: I am not affiliated with Myfitnesspal in any way. I just think this is a wonderful resource and want to share!
Keep a Food Journal With Myfitnesspal (Part 1)