Before you decide to go on a diet, do yourself a favor and track what you eat. Take a piece of paper, or small notebook, and write down everything you eat for one week. Write down what you ate, how much of it you ate, and when you ate it. You’ll be surprised at what you find!
Most people aren’t aware of their eating habits. The stresses of life and our fast-paced society make eating an activity we usually put on auto-pilot.
After a couple of days of tracking your food, you’ll start to notice some patterns. You might find that you usually skip breakfast, or eat a small of one, and that by 10-11AM you’re hungry and are munching away on food with low nutritional value. You might find that you’re not eating enough fruits or vegetables, or that you have very little sources of protein.
You don’t know what you’ll discover unless you do it! On top of that, you’ll start becoming more conscientious about what you eat. Knowing that you’ll have to take out your piece of paper and jot it down might make you think twice before eating that cupcake!
Tracking your food is an excellent starting point for anyone that wants to start a diet. You’ll become aware of what you eat and when you eat it, and what you need to change. And once you start your diet, track it as well! Tracking it is the only way you’ll be able to keep yourself accountable.