There are many aspects to weight loss, and one is learning (or re-learning) how to decipher what your body is telling you in regard to hunger. In many cases, it is still telling you the same thing as it always hasâ€¦ just you are not listening anymore.
To begin your journey, you first must know where you are at now to know where you want to go and need to be. The best way to do that is to keep a food journal. I get it tracking food sucks. HOWEVERâ€¦. Itâ€™s truly one of the few ways we have to figure out what you are eating and it gives both you and your coach clues to help you make better decisions moving forward.
What should you track?
In your journal you will want to write down:
- What you eat
- When you ate it
- How much you ate
- What you were doing at the time you ate
- How you felt afterwardÂ
Sometimes you get into an eating habit based on the time of day and not if we are really hungry or not. Other times you may be distracted when you eat and not realize how much you have eaten. Still, sometimes you eat out of boredom â€“ it gives you something to do. Again, you usually are not focused on the eating part and in a short period of time have consumed far more calories than we need.
This is where your food journal entries can help. After recording the above information in your journal for a couple of weeks, you should start seeing a trend in your eating habits. This gives you a clearer picture of where you are at now with your eating habits.
Now you can focus on the things you need to change to get where you want to go â€“ your goal if you will. In many cases it will be losing weight..
One of the main reason why I love tracking is that instead of looking at someone else nutrition you are looking at yours and figuring out how you TICK!
It frustrates me when I see folks trying to follow a ridiculous calorie plan, instead track your food and see how you feel.
Are you hungry?
How is your energy?
Are you craving?
When you shift the focus off of what others do and focus on what you are doing losing weight becomes effortless. Your body is always giving you feedback. You just have to listen.
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