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Keeping a Food Diary


By Mary_RD on Jun 04, 2009 12:00 PM in Dieting & You
Edited By +Rachel Berman

“Why am I not losing weight?” 

Now, there's a question I hear a lot.  Of course, there are many reasons that differ by individual, but, as a dietitian, I look for an answer by checking the food logs first.  

A food diary, food log, food record – no matter what you call it – it is the gold standard for measuring intake and counting calories.  Prestigious organizations like The National Institutes of Health and the American Medical Association recommend keeping food logs when making dietary changes.  And sure, food logs are the best, but they have to be accurate.

The Eye-Mouth Gap

The dietitian in me looks for evidence of the "Eye-Mouth Gap" - a nutrition research term that describes the common practice of underestimating one's intake.  Research shows that even the best-intentioned subjects in well-designed studies remember only 50 - 80% of the food they eat.   Population surveys confirm it too.  Too bad because oversights in recording can make the difference between losing weight and not.

Eat it up, write it down
 
The basic requirement for keeping a food log is simple: Write down everything you eat or drink throughout the day and night.  Don’t rely on your memory!  Food logs based on delayed information are almost incomplete.  You need to write it down as soon as you eat it, or better yet, log your food directly into Calorie Count.  But the main point is to record every sip, nibble, bite, and gulp.  

Before starting, assemble a collection of standard household measuring devices.  Measuring cups, measuring spoons and/or a food scale are ideal.

Paint the picture

Some food logs are useful, while others are not-so-much.  The difference is that useful logs are not vague.  For instance, it doesn’t help to called it a “glass” when you mean a 6-ounce portion, or to call it “chicken” when you mean chicken, wing, meat and skin, cooked, fried in flour. 

Be as descriptive as possible to make your food records work for you. 
Describe:

What you eat in specific terms using

  • Brand name (e.g. Land O' Lakes Fat Free Half and Half)
  • Language on the food label (e.g. skim milk fortified with vitamins A and D)
  • Name of the restaurant and menu item (e.g. Pizza Hut Stuffed Crust       Supreme 14 oz pizza)

How much you eat by being sure to:

  • Measure your cooked portion and log only what you eat.
  • Describe the product size (e.g. a small, medium, large banana)
  • Read the food weight on the package and log your portion (e.g. one-half of a 42 oz packet).  Use the Calorie Count Unit Converter to change weights in grams to ounces or to some other measure.

How the food was prepared:

  • Don’t forget the many additions (e.g. 1 tsp olive oil, 1/4 tsp of salt, 2 tbsp of Kraft Regular Ranch Dressing, 2 tsp of white sugar)
  • Name every ingredient in a recipe (e.g. 1 medium green pepper, ½ cup of lean ground beef mixed, ½ cup of long-grained white rice). 

Your best bet is to use the Calorie Count Recipe Analyzer to generate a Nutrition Facts label for a serving of the food you cook.  Then, tag the recipe for entry into your food log at any time.  Ditto for tagging items that you habitually enter as a "whole" (e.g. 1 cup of Cheerios, 6 oz of skim milk, 1/2 large banana).


Portion Distortion

People are notoriously erroneous when it comes to estimating food portions.  Our notions change along with the size of our plates, bowls and drinking glasses.  Still, sometimes we just can’t measure, and so we have to estimate food portions.  If you find yourself estimating often, then train yourself to use props by practicing at home.


The Fudge Factor

Sometimes, no matter how hard we try, we just can't find the calorie count for a food.  In that case, substitute another similar food.  By trying hard, you are perfect enough.


Your thoughts....

Does The Eye-Mouth Gap apply to you?



Comments


I seem to lose weight better when I write things down, but doesn't this promote the idea that you are on "a diet" and that you will go off "a diet" and consequently stop writing, and gain it back? I guess I just want to be like my normal thin friends that don't have to journal..



I find it really helpful to begin my weight loss by logging everything, and then when I feel 'on a roll' and confident that I know what I'm doing, I stop logging. Then, whenever I feel like I'm falling off the wagon (period time!), I start logging again and so on. It really helps me keep on top of what I am putting in my mouth, and it's so true that we never really remember everything we consume.

I also try to aim for a 1000 calories a day, knowing full well that this is NOT healthy, but also knowing full well that I ALWAYS go over. This helps me to feel that those naughty calories that slip in aren't actually going to trip me up! My true daily calorie intake is 1500.

So far I am steadily losing 1-2 pounds a week, which as we all know is frustrating but healthy. I have discovered (for me at least) that alcohol is my main killer and so have decided to go tea-total from now on. Even though I include the calories of alcohol, it is just one of the things that doesn't agree with me and my desired sexy shape :-)

Good luck everyone xxx



Eye mouth gap certainly applies to me - I'm s compulsive eater, if food is out on the kitchen counter, or within easy reach I'll grab it unconsciously - especially at work, where one of my co workers brings in home baked goodies at least twice a week and leaves them out on the table RIGHT BY THE COFFEE POT!  I have walked back to my desk after getting a cup of coffee and suddenly realized I have a brownie in my mouth.  OOPS - too late to think about it, already ate it.  It's a constant struggle.  And I work at a newspaper - we all live on coffee to get things done by deadline.  I'm trying to remedy that by keeping a thermos of coffee at my desk, and staying out of the kitchen. 

Does anyone have suggestions to curb compulsive eating?  I do ok at home, I measure out snacks like celery and carrot sticks, roasted turkey sandwich meat, salads etc.  Anything with sugar is out of sight in the breadbox. 



marcia:  Can you chew gum?  Then you have to actually take your gum out of your mouth prior to putting food into it?



I think that this is EXACTLY what has been wrong with me for the last few weeks!  I have been estimating my portions, and I have been waiting until later to log my foods.  I'm sure that I don't get everyting put in the food log and when I do my portions are probably off.



I agree. It definitely promotes diet mentality because I lost 25 lbs using food log on cal count last year and gained it all back when I quit using it...not sure what I should do now. I know I can lose the weight with logging, but can I keep it off???


I very successfully lost weight many years ago with WW, and kept a food journal.  I am now successfully losing weight using CC, and rigorously keeping a food journal (much easier now than 28 years ago on paper).  In between, I didn't journal my food, I didn't pay attention, and I gradually gained 6 pounds per year. 

I truly believe it is the most important tool in this lifestyle change.  It keeps me accountable to myself for what I am eating, gives me a road map for the day, allows me to make sure that my nutrition is adequate, and really only takes about 15 minutes per day (unless I get sucked into the forums!).  It also gives me another measurement of success beyond the scale -- every little day I score "A" makes me glow with pride almost as much as the days when a pound disappears.



I find this to be the best source of what your eating and how you plan your menu for the day.  Knowing ahead of time is such and advantage to the goal you want to achieve.  We are on this site to lose weight and control our eating habits for a healthy life style.   It doesn't take long to write it down, and the reward will be satisifying!



Eye-mouth gap - a definite problem for me. When I do try to keep a food log, I often wait until the next morning to record all of yesterday's foods. Looking back at what I wrote for yesterday, I can see where I 'forgot' items, as in two sandwiches at dinner instead of the one that I recorded this morning. If I had been logging at the time, I probably wouldn't have fixed that second one.

Very good points, and I think it's time to keep a tiny notebook in my pocket to record my eating as I eat it.



While it sounds gross, if you find yourself eating something impulsively just spit out what's in your mouth and throw the rest away. I used this method to stop impulsive eating and it has done the trick. While I still have issues with emotional eating and the big PMS pig out. I no longer put food in my mouth without thinking about it first. Also log, log, log; carry a littel note pad or book in your purse and log everthing you eat. Seeing all those calories adding up will help you make better choices.



If you gained weight back after no longer entering your calorie consumption in a food log, then maybe you should go back to logging your food...?

Just a thought...

 

And I wouldn't consider food logging to resemble a "diet." It is part of a healthy lifestyle.  That is like saying that you consider fruits and vegetables to be "diet food." A food log, whether it is spot-on or just a general idea of what you ate, is part of a healthy lifestyle. Does it seriously take that much effort to write down what you put in your mouth?



I just started watching what I eat a few weeks ago.  I'm off to a good start and have lost more than five pounds already, but measuring portions has definitely been a constant challenge.

One thing I have begun to do is to have a measuring cup available in the kitchen for when I serve food.  

Last night, for example, I had pasta with a high-calorie pesto sauce, so it was especially important that I control my portion so as not to blow my daily budget.  I simply scooped one measuring cup full on to my plate, and ate it without a trace of guilt.

Sometime I do not even use the cup to serve, but simply look at it to eyeball my serving and make sure that my guess is grounded in reality.

I hope this helps other people as well!



Hi

I am trying hard to loose weight right now..and logging is really helping me. I try to maintain a 1000 calories per day diet. However instead of adding the food to my log after I eat it , I add it to the log when I am thinking about eating something for instance if I am really craving a candy bar... before I hit the vending machine I add it to my food log and just looking at it there...and seeing all the calories and carbs instantly makes it me say NOOOOOOOOO ...I keep it there and if I dont eat it finally I take it off in the evening ..Every time I take off something from the log that I did not eventually eat makes me feel proud of myself...

I hope this helps other ppl also...

 

Good Luck everyone :)



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I've been maintaining my weight loss for about a year and a half now and I still log everything.  One reason is that I'm a data geek anyway, but beyond just keeping track of the calories going in, I've found it interesting to start tweaking the macros.  I found that by increasing fat and protein percentage that I feel stronger and more satisfied through the day. 

On a typical day, I'll log everything I plan to eat first thing in the morning and pretty much stick to that.  I like to leave some discretionary calories most days when possible so if I'm extra hungry when I get home from work I can have a mini-snack.

Personally, I plan on continuing logging, because although I am now at a "normal" weight, I still don't think of food like a "normal thin person". 



Original Post by: kyletarvin

marcia:  Can you chew gum?  Then you have to actually take your gum out of your mouth prior to putting food into it?


Definitely. Sugarfree chewing gum.



I find that i am usually really close when i estimate a measurement i have tested myself because i cant always use a measuring cup or things like that, or the calorie content in a food i try to be realistic when i guess if i think its gonna be high then i just have to admit that its going to be high and when i come on calorie count and enter it i am usually pretty close.



It really does help to write everything down in a journal.  The only thing about me is that I wish I had one that I could print out and carry with me at all time.  There are times when I am not near my computer for a couple of days and I have no way of entering my meals.  The journal help to locate what you're eating that you shouldn't be, if you are hones. Innocent



Original Post by: marciabyrd1946

Eye mouth gap certainly applies to me - I'm s compulsive eater, if food is out on the kitchen counter, or within easy reach I'll grab it unconsciously - especially at work, where one of my co workers brings in home baked goodies at least twice a week and leaves them out on the table RIGHT BY THE COFFEE POT!  I have walked back to my desk after getting a cup of coffee and suddenly realized I have a brownie in my mouth.  OOPS - too late to think about it, already ate it.  It's a constant struggle.  And I work at a newspaper - we all live on coffee to get things done by deadline.  I'm trying to remedy that by keeping a thermos of coffee at my desk, and staying out of the kitchen. 

Does anyone have suggestions to curb compulsive eating?  I do ok at home, I measure out snacks like celery and carrot sticks, roasted turkey sandwich meat, salads etc.  Anything with sugar is out of sight in the breadbox. 


Could you bring in some healthier goodies to share with people? Maybe your co-worker would like to know some ways to make healthier treats too.

Maybe put some affirmations in your empty coffee cup? Sayings like "Just because it is there does not mean it is my job to eat it!" "I love myself more than I love that brownie" "Cut the inner bull-----talk and cut the calories." You have to remove the card to pour in the coffee. Also make your coffee more of a treat. Spice it up and let it become like a dessert. Savor the taste. Become more conscious of the taste. Linger over it. Don't let yourself be an unconscious eater.

And I love the gum idea! If you are not a gum chewer put one of your healthy tidbits in your mouth when you go for coffee. You can not hide from food. You have to learn to face it. I have many of the same compulsions you do and it is hard. But food and eating are realities we must deal with.

Best wishes, you can do it.

 



It helps me to log al day and keep a running total so I always know that if I have this snack that means less dinner than I would otherwise have, etc.



Hi all,

Writing down everything I eat isn't my favorite thing, but it works. To help not make it such a chore I try to do the following. They might help you too!

Two things that might help:

I keep post-it notes in my car and write what I eat when I'm at a red light (I drive a ton, why not use the time).

Second thing, just take a picture of the food you eat! It's super easy and if you're like me, you will most ALWAYS have your cell on you. Then, you can translate the picture into words on the page later without the memory loss.

Try it- you might like it!



I do find that when I am true to food logging, I can actually get afraid of eathing something... it helps to see what your putting in your body. I was being really good about food logging on my ipod for a bit, then I stopped, I noticed I eat more unhealty, I tell myself it's ok just have a few. But if I know I have to log it, I can't eat it. I try to log what I am going to eat before I eat it, so I see. So if I am going to eat chips I log it,and when I see how many calories there are, knowing I still have 3 meals left in the day to go, I will most likely put it back.....



Original Post by: marciabyrd1946

Eye mouth gap certainly applies to me - I'm s compulsive eater, if food is out on the kitchen counter, or within easy reach I'll grab it unconsciously - especially at work, where one of my co workers brings in home baked goodies at least twice a week and leaves them out on the table RIGHT BY THE COFFEE POT!  I have walked back to my desk after getting a cup of coffee and suddenly realized I have a brownie in my mouth.  OOPS - too late to think about it, already ate it.  It's a constant struggle.  And I work at a newspaper - we all live on coffee to get things done by deadline.  I'm trying to remedy that by keeping a thermos of coffee at my desk, and staying out of the kitchen. 

Does anyone have suggestions to curb compulsive eating?  I do ok at home, I measure out snacks like celery and carrot sticks, roasted turkey sandwich meat, salads etc.  Anything with sugar is out of sight in the breadbox. 


I'm compulsive about eating too and am finding that it is much easier to not eat compulsively now that I have been laid off! Having environmental control is much easier at home than it was at work where there were always sugary things to eat. One change I've made which is working for me is to change the tone of my horrible, critical inner voice. When I compulsively eat and stuff myself I feel ashamed and out of control and say awful things to myself that I would NEVER say to anyone else. Instead, I (in a very kindly, gentle interior voice)acknowledge to myself that the treat (or the fast food or whatever) is there and that I can eat it if I want it. But in the same tone I ask if eating it will help me meet my goal and answer it with "no." Since I started caring for my inner self in a positive way, I am staying conscious, not going into auto-eating mode and am eating much less compulsively.



keeping a food log is something that everyone should be doing! i mean how hard is it for your to write down or type in what you have eaten? and if you cant remeber it.. well sweetie, thats just not right, maybe you shoud try not eating so fast next time. for me keeping a log of my calories was my SAVIOR! i keep track of all the foods and calores ive consumed in that day and now im 15 pounds lighter! wordd up ahha. im a junior in high school and come on were all pretty lazy and just eat whatever so it wasnt going to be a piece of cake. (oh jeez wouldnt that be nice right about now: P) well i went onto a sight and found a way to ROTATE YOUR CALORIES. all you had to do was type in your weight, height, and activity level i mean how hard is that? and its not like anyone but you knows so if you know its a big number and your self-concious this should be great for you, and it gives you the amount of calories you can have in a day. and its pretty reasonable. now my sister and mom all are on the diet also, and it works. my sister lost 3 pounds her first week, i lost 5, and my mom lost 81/2. we are all of diffrent weight and height im sure it will work for you too, and come on its bathingsuit season this will really make urself feel good again. if your too busy to hit the gym you still loose weight. i go atleast 2 times a week and its just a little bit more of encouragement. or else jsut going for a walk whatever works for you. im sure your gonig to be satisfied. this is the way 2 go :)



For a printable food diary go to: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/templates/results.aspx?qu= food+log&av=TPL000  Microsoft.com has thousands of templates that are good for the home, work, working out, whatever.  Hope this helps.



I find that a journal helps when you eat out.  One of the earlier comments complained about resturants "sneaking in the calories".  Most resturants do not advertise it, but they have a nutritional values chart of their menu in the back for guest that ask for it.  Other resturants have nutrition charts online.  If you slip up and eat something that was not very good for you then you will remember next time and can refer to your journal to see how many calories that dish actually was.

I actually keep a food journal and an exercise/activity journal.  At the end of each day I calculate calories in - calories out = total calories for the day.  This will make you feel better.  Another thing that made me feel better is that I found on CC that everyday activities actually burn calories that most people don't realize for instance:  Being at work (secretarial) burns 85 calories per hour, watching tv burns 57 calories per hour, showering burns 113 calories per hour, etc.  Go through your list of daily chores and check them out on this site.  I bet you have about 500 calories a day lost that you don't think about.



I have realized that for the last couple weeks I had been slacking on logging mostly because I lost my food journal log (I only use a paper journal) and haven't been good about measuring just eyeing it. Those last couple weeks I haven't been on my normal 1lb loss so I agree it is very important to log and measure because it's not easy trying to count in your head all the time.  It is easy to forget little things that you stuffed in your mouth and I think you are more likely to have that slice of pizza or the margarita vs a healthier choice when you aren't logging. 



Original Post by: dkenworthy

I very successfully lost weight many years ago with WW, and kept a food journal.  I am now successfully losing weight using CC, and rigorously keeping a food journal (much easier now than 28 years ago on paper).  In between, I didn't journal my food, I didn't pay attention, and I gradually gained 6 pounds per year. 

I truly believe it is the most important tool in this lifestyle change.  It keeps me accountable to myself for what I am eating, gives me a road map for the day, allows me to make sure that my nutrition is adequate, and really only takes about 15 minutes per day (unless I get sucked into the forums!).  It also gives me another measurement of success beyond the scale -- every little day I score "A" makes me glow with pride almost as much as the days when a pound disappears.


not sure it promotes this or that, but my opinion is, it is better to be a healthy weight and having to do things such as writing things to a computer, then be obese and "not having the dreaded diet mentality"



Logging my food was the first or second healthy tool, after drinking enough water, that I tried. When I got to CC, I became more aware of portion sizes and actual calorie counts. For the past year I've been consistently planning and logging my food, usually a week in advance, to help me lose. I've lost 20 lbs, which is not much, but better than gaining.

Since I prefer to cook at home rather than eat out, and I want to shop once a week, planning all my meals is really convenient. In the past I would think: I need to eat more yogurt. I might even buy more yogurt...now I can plan to eat yogurt for breakfast or add it in as a snack, and I know I'm eating "more." If I'm in the store and see that mmm peaches are in! then I add a peach to several meals.

When it's written down, I'm more likely to remember to do it. Having a plan simplifies meal preparation and helps me pack my lunch and snacks for the day. I stay away from the break room at work! Since I've been planning and eating more healthy foods, I'm less tempted by the treats and leftovers people leave in there...but sometimes they get me anyway. Then I just log them and go on.

If I do eat out, I try to pull up the menu in advance on the web. If it's not there...then I search the database for similar foods afterwards. After so many years of cooking, I am pretty good with estimating portion sizes.

Logging my food helps me to see just how much, on average, over a month, I eat...and so I see now I have to reduce that average amount if I want to lose any more weight (I do!). Searching the database for favorite foods lets me see lots of alternatives I might not have considered. Trying new foods is one way I keep from getting bored with my same eating routine day after day.



Although a food log is essential for me, It does agrivate me when the model solution for not losing weight is simply that 'you ate too much' or 'you didn't log everything'.

It definatly is true that there is an eye-mouth gap,however it isnt always the cause. I am very meticulous at logging my entries, I do it either before or whilst eating whatever i have prepaired and weigh absolutly everything (even salad dressings).

There have been times when i have logged absolutly everything and been at 1200 calories for weeks and not lost a thing.



I lost 65 pounds and went from a size 16 to a size 4 in just one year. I did it by logging everything I ate, limiting my calories and walking my dog everyday for 60-90 minutes. I have kept the weight off for over a year now.

I still log my daily intake about three weeks out of four. When I stop for even a week I find my serving sizes start increasing and I stop counting the little things like the 4 cherries and 8 pistachio nuts I had while making my salad for lunch.

If you have a weight problem like me you likely have issues around food. I consider myself a foodaholic. I must keep a food diary or I fall off the wagon and will gain weight again. I used to resent having to log everything. Now I have accepted it as the wonderful tool that it is that helps me stay on track.

The calorie tracking log on Calorie Count is free and it is GREAT! If you aren't using it now you are missing out on a chance to get a more accurate picture of your eating habits. The accurate picture will give you the knowledge you need to lose the weight for good!

Terry



I'm at a loss as to how to determine if I've gained or it's just fluid retention.  I think for someone in my position (chronic health problems) it makes sense to weigh each day and record it.  Also, my blood pressure rises a bit if I'm retaining fluid. 

Thanks for the insight and information.



I definitely agree that I forget about half of the things that I eat when I try and write them down. I find that e-mailing myself from my blackberry when I'm eating (I put something easy-to-search like [weight] in the headline) is less conspicuous than pulling out some sort of food journal.



I know that a food diary is really important and has helped me in the past.   I only really find it helpful however if I have calories to go with it.  The challenging part for me is that I prepare most of the food that I eat and so I find it hard to put a caloric value on recipes I have tweeked.   I know I could do some math to figure it out and sometimes I do, but I have 2 small kids, a job and enough yard work to keep me going for years.  To take the time to figure out the calories for one carrot muffin seems like a tedious exercise.  I'd rather get my walk in. Actually I want it all.  I want to track the calories.  As I am writing this I realize that I could do the best I can do, the point is to create awareness.  I will give it a shot again and see how successful I am at creating awareness.   Losing more pounds would be nice too.



gennybee,

Have you used Calorie Count's Recipe Analyzer?  It makes it easy to analyze a recipe and tag it for later.

 



One thing you could do as well is get a calorie reduced recipe for your muffins or whatever it is you like.  Typically a calorie count is listed at the end of the recipe as well as the serving size. This is helpful because that way you don't have to make the calculation yourself you already know how many calories the muffin contains.  I agree with you though sometimes it can get tedious to write things down but it's so worth it.  I've been trying to lose weight for the past 6yrs with no success.  I would think that I was eating well and getting all the exercise my trainer(s) would suggest but still nothing.  At best my weight would stay the same and at worse I'd gain a pound or two.  It was so frustrating.  But it wasn't until I fully internalized the importance of calculating how many calories I was consuming that I started to lose the weight.  So far I've lost 5 lbs in less than 3 weeks.  It's not huge but it's still a milestone-- 5 lbs plus 5 lbs adds up fast.

Here's to us all!!



I like the CC. It keeps me honest when I write it down. It is hard to remember certain things when you are out. Some of the things I put in my mouth will make me cry later on when I see how many calories or fat it contains. But I have a goal weight of 215 by 08/01/09 and will acheive my weight. I hardly ever go over my calorie intake but it seems like I can't drop these last 18lbs.



Original Post by: windra06

Although a food log is essential for me, It does agrivate me when the model solution for not losing weight is simply that 'you ate too much' or 'you didn't log everything'.

It definatly is true that there is an eye-mouth gap,however it isnt always the cause. I am very meticulous at logging my entries, I do it either before or whilst eating whatever i have prepaired and weigh absolutly everything (even salad dressings).

There have been times when i have logged absolutly everything and been at 1200 calories for weeks and not lost a thing.


Me too!!!!!



I just started counting calories about 6/7 weeks ago.  The first month was amazing!  I lost way more then I thought I could is such a short time. Then...After a month of logging my foods I was so tired of writing things down.   I stopped logging for 2 weeks and didn't lose anything but maybe 1 pound in that time.  I was still eating all the right foods, just more of them through out the day....Not realizing how much more I was eating.  I just started logging everything again and I'm down 3 pounds!  Tracking your food is everything! (atleast for me)  I have lost a total of 36 pounds since  Janurary 30. (when I had my baby)  I didn't start really watching what I was eating until April 9th.  Then it started melting off!  I couldn't believe it was working.  I'd tried everything, as so many others have.  And then the light bulb came on. heehee  Thank you calorie count!

I also am doing the 30 Day Shred by Jillian Michaels.  You want to see the pounds drip off you?  Get this workout.  When I started it, I couldn't do much of anything.  I did alot of running/walking in place, but it didn't take long for me to really get into the workout.  My "after baby" weight was 232 and today I am 196.  Over half the weight loss was just from April!  My goal weight being 125 to 135

Great job everyone with how well you are doing.  It is so fun to read other peoples posts and read all the amazing stories of people getting healthier!



CC has some great tools, and the recipe analyzer is one of them; but it is also frustrating and time-consuming to use sometimes.

For gennybee with the little kids, and the full-time job (OMG), I would suggest scanning the database for a similar muffin or snack. As you say, just taking a shot at the right calories and nutrition while logging daily is certainly worth the trouble.

Also, if you get some free time, check out the Recipes Forum

http://caloriecount.about.com/recipe-analyzer-instructions-r ead-first-ft55948where

the "rules" and issues on the Recipe Analyzer are discussed and explained. When I enter a recipe, I keep trying different ways of saying the same thing until it finally accepts all my ingredients and measurements, but I don't have little kids anymore!

Another terrific tool is the Recipe Browser

http://caloriecount.about.com/main-dish-recipes-rc27

on CC. You can choose a similar recipe to the one you make...and it might not have any red flags, unlisted ingredients, and give you a good calorie count and nutrition analysis.



lol, I do the same thing and it makes you feels so much better.



 I love this web site & reading everyone's posts..I feel like it holds me accountable! I log my exercise and calorie intake. i had a baby 9 months ago and don't know where the time went. I kept procrastinating :o( But just by eating right I have gone from 252 to 246..my ideal long term goal is 150lbs. Ultimately I just want to be healthy, active, and not be diagnosed with high blood pressure or diabetes! Logging my food intake really is useful!



i've noticed in all my years of attempts to remain at healthy weight, that keeping a food journal works best for me. especially when i re-read what i ate through out the day whether I call it good days or bad don't forget to exercise and log physical activity.  If food consumption is logged just as this article suggests, and there is no weight loss then maybe there it is time to visit your doctor to see if something is causing a slow metabolism, like Cushings disease or Thyroid imbalances, just to name a few.

I'm struggling with weight because I'm lazy and not logging my intake down, nor have I been working out as I should, so in all honesty I only have my self to blame.

 



Please stopping beating up on yourselves. It doesn't accomplish anything except that when you stop it feels so good to stop. There is enough guilt in this world and most is misplaced. Food should not make you feel guilty- it should make you feel healthy.

I have a 12 1/2 year old Standard Poodle suffering with a stomach tumor. He can only eat a little or he throws up. I hand feed him small meals and his spirit is good. I am sure he feels no guilt about his eating habits. He is trying to eat to live and not living to eat. There are times I have said that if I fed myself as healthy as I feed my pets I would never have been overwight in my life.

Eat healthy and enjoy your life folks!



I have this issue too, especially when I am at work in the office. I go on my break or something and on my way back to my desk I usually snag a cookie or muffin along with coke out of the break room. By time I am back at my desk I have already eaten half of it...I have actually gotten to wear I keep buble gum and mints at my desk that way I am not eating things ( I have this thing where I cannot stand to eat something with gum in my mouth...just something about the two items mixing together makes me feel all creepy...lol, kinda like nails on a chalk board...dont ask me why! lol) And I actually am pretty good at determining what a good portion size is. I think..will let you know!



I started having my kids log their food as well.  I printed out charts from the "food pyramid" site that tells them what they should be eating every day.  they have to write what they eat in the appropriate boxes, then in the "notes" column that runs down one side, I have them keep track of the calories.  They have to try to hit their calorie goal without going over.  It really helps.  Once they understood the food groups, they didn't have to ask me constantly what they could eat. They can make choices based on their chart and what they need.  The site also gives some general guidlines for caloric intake for children that I found very helpful.



Oh, in case you are interested, I printed out the chart, put it in a page protector and taped it to the pantry door.  then I hung a dry erase marker there so they can wipe it clean each morning and start over Laughing



Logging my food every day (sometimes 3 times a day) has really helped me stay accountable and I think it is something I may have to do the rest of my life unless my compulsion to overeat and binge--which I did this past weekend--and my addiction to food/eating---all magically disappear.

I am having a hard time exercising (I have 70+ pounds to go so get out of breath really easily but have lost 9 pounds since I started keeping a food log a few weeks ago). I finally took my first walk today walking a friend's dog while she is at work. I ended up going slowly for 25 minutes and learned from cc that I only burned 97 calories which puts in perspective how much I eat!  Baby steps and just one or 2 changes at a time seem to be what's going to work for me.  Loooove reading everyone's posts!



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