If you’re trying to lose body fat, the most effective place to start is by tracking your current eating habits.
Unfortunately, this can feel super overwhelming and the thought of tracking your food might deter you from even starting a fat loss journey.
While there’s no quick and easy way to magically track your food without the work, I want to share 3 tips that might make your life a little easier when it comes to tracking food.
𝐓𝐢𝐩 #𝟏: 𝐔𝐬𝐞 𝐚 𝐟𝐫𝐞𝐞 𝐩𝐡𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐚𝐩𝐩.
My personal favorite is MyFitnessPal, however there are a ton of different options depending on your diet type and personal preference.
A few others include FatSecret, Chronometer, and Carb Manager.
Food tracking apps allow you to learn the most about WHAT you’re eating.
If you have no idea how much protein, carbohydrates, fat, fiber, sugar, etc that you’re eating, tracking with an app will give you a pretty accurate idea. (𝘖𝘧 𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘴𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵’𝘴 𝘥𝘦𝘱𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘯 𝘩𝘰𝘸 𝘢𝘤𝘤𝘶𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘭𝘺 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘬.)
𝐓𝐢𝐩 #𝟐: 𝐔𝐬𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞-𝐬𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐬 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐯𝐢𝐝𝐞.
These include barcode scanners, restaurant menus, and the option to “save common meals”. Take 10-15 minutes to watch an app’s overview video and you could save yourself a TON of time in the long run.
𝐓𝐢𝐩 #𝟑: 𝐃𝐞𝐭𝐚𝐜𝐡 𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐧𝐮𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫𝐬.
This might seem like a weird tip, but it’s the most important and most difficult of the three.
As you start tracking your food in an app, you might feel yourself getting fixated on the numbers. Whether you’re “too low” or “too high” in certain areas, you might start judging yourself.
Whenever you catch those thoughts, try to step back and remember that tracking your food is like gathering data in an experiment. The data is neither good nor bad, it’s just data. There is no emotion attached.
When you clear the emotions and self-judgment, you open up the opportunity to learn from your habits and make changes.
Tracking food is the best way to build awareness and create change towards a healthier way of eating. 𝐋𝐞𝐭 𝐦𝐞 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐢𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐟𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝 𝐚𝐧𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐞 𝐭𝐢𝐩𝐬 𝐡𝐞𝐥𝐩𝐟𝐮𝐥 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐣𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐧𝐞𝐲!