Keeping track of what you eat doesn’t have to make you overly obsessed with food. Knowing what and how much you are eating is an obvious way to manage weight. If you find you’re not getting the results you want, it could be that you’re eating more than you realize. The simple act of writing down or logging your fuelings is a proven way to help you consume fewer calories and maintain a healthier weight. Here are a few recommendations for simple tracking tools:
Old Fashion Pen and Paper
This technique keeps it in front of you and helps you stay focused on your goals. Simply logging your calories on paper makes you less likely to overeat or make bad choices. Who wants to write down a 1000 calorie cheesecake on that piece of paper? Also, knowing how many calories you have left near the end of the day can help you decide your next best fueling. If it helps, you can also track your workouts and weight with your fuelings.
MyFitnessPal is another great tool in tracking your nutrition and fitness goals. This goes into more depth than writing calories down on pen and paper. With this app, you can set calorie and macronutrient goals, track your fitness and water intake, and connect with friends. MyFitnessPal will also give you feedback on where you are with your goals. If something is high in sodium or fat, it will warn you. This can be a very helpful tool, however, our team recommends avoiding tracking your workouts in the app. For instance, if you log a workout where you expended 500 calories, the app will add those calories to your daily allotment. WE DON’T WANT THIS! Weight loss or weight management is not always simple math, and this can backfire and leave you wondering why you’re not seeing results.
Social media can be a huge help in logging and creating accountability. Simply texting your support group or coach can help you to stay accountable and aware of what you’re eating. You can even go as far as joining a Facebook group where you can post your fuelings and get ideas for new recipes. Whatever or whoever you want to use as support can hold you accountable in meeting your nutrition goals.
One tracking tool is not necessarily “better” than another. Find what works for you and what will help you to attain your goals. Just make sure you’re tracking your fuelings and staying aware of what you eat. This will put you on the track to a healthier you.
-Courtesy of Your Ufit Team,
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-At Ufit we aim to educate and empower our community. Nutrition is the foundation to your health and fitness. We want you to eat right and move right so you live well, move well and enjoy this life!