More Ways to Track Your Food Intake
Can losing weight really be as easy as keeping track of what you eat? Whether you need to lose a few pounds for health reasons, or just to feel better about yourself, keeping a closer watch on what you eat and when you eat can help shed some weight. Keeping a food journal is a good way to better understand your own eating habits. You don’t have to keep an actual written journal if you don’t want to, because there are plenty of App’s out there to help you out.
Use an App
There are apps you can use to track thinks like calorie intake and weight management, such as MyFitnessPal. It also includes an exercise log and food diary feature. The app will track your daily calorie intake and make recommendations for adjustments where needed. This app can also sync with your fitness device and has a nutritional database containing 5 million foods. It also features recipes which are downloadable to help users create customized meals.
Use it While Shopping
The built-in bar code scanner in the MyFitnessPal app, lets you scan packaged foods for additional information on the nutritional values. It evens saves a log of your favorite meals for easy referencing. Each day it will keep track of your intake of protein, carbs, and fat in the form of a pie chart. You can also make your own notes in the daily log. Some of the features of this app are not included in the free version. The premium version costs $49.99 a year to subscribe. You can always try the free version before committing to buying it, just to make sure it’s the right fit for your goals.
Your Mindset is Key
Keep in mind that the App is just a tool to help you, but ultimately no matter how much you need to lose, your mindset is the key. Don’t be afraid of the diet, no one is asking you to give up all the foods you love. You just need to find a happy balance that works for you. You can still have that pizza, just have a smaller amount, a little less frequently. And even if you’re not ready to hit the gym just yet, go take a walk after you eat instead of sitting in front of the tv or computer.
Walk it Off!
We all need to move more and eat less. Taking a walk after a meal can greatly aid in digestion, allowing your body to make better use of what you’ve eaten. It can also speed up your metabolism and improve circulation. Walking can also burn calories while lowering triglycerides and helping to control blood glucose levels. Walking can also relieve stress, strengthening your immune system and help you sleep better. Walking is also a great way to relax your mind by taking you away from stressors at home or work. Dieting is only one part of losing weight. It has to be a full commitment to a healthier lifestyle by changing your current habits. By counting calories you’ll be retraining your mind and body into a healthier lifestyle for a happier life.