Keeping a Food Diary is a MUST for successful weight control!

When we first see you in the office and at each subsequent visit we give you a food diary to record your foods.  Why is this?  The food diary is the most powerful proven aid for weight management.  People who keep a food and exercise diary not only lose more weight, they also tend to keep it off.  Recommitting to recording your foods is a great habit to get into, or to resume.  Here are some of the reasons to record your foods:

  • Recording your eating and exercise habits jolts you into realizing just what you do eat and drink each day, and also whether you exercise sufficiently. 
  • A food diary helps you identify problem foods and drinks with excessive calories or carbohydrates.
  • Helps you identify moods, situations and events that lead to excessive eating of unwanted foods.  You can then plan to overcome or avoid them.
  • Prevents “food amnesia,” the forgetfulness of foods that you may be eating.  Recording keeps you on the right track.
  • Helps you develop greater self discipline.  You will think twice about over-indulging if you have to record it.  It keeps you honest!
  • Motivates you to carefully plan your meals and exercise each day.
  • At times, serves as a check system for your counsellor to assess your progress and make recommendations.

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