Nutrition

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Why is it important to log your Food & Workouts?

When it comes to being healthy, we encourage everyone to keep daily eating and exercise log. Why?

1) For starters, logs help you stay mindful. With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it’s often easy to lose track of what you are eating, how much exercise you have done, or what you have missed each day. Exercise & Food logs keep you mindful and in the moment. In return, it holds you accountable for what you put in your mouth.

Let’s use an example. You are having lunch. You opt for a cheeseburger and fries instead of the healthy lettuce bowl with lean chicken and light sauce. Well, now you have to record that cheeseburger and fries in your log.

Now what if you knew somebody was going to look at that log? Well, then you might be embarrassed about your lunch choices. So next time this might motivate you to opt for something healthier, so you can record that in your log instead.

2) Secondly, by taking the small daily step of creating a log, you are also creating a pattern that will eventually turn into a habit. In order to do this, however, you must stay consistent. In addition, you want it to be simple enough that you can complete and stick with the goal. You also want it to be rewarding. Whether it’s giving yourself a simple check mark beside your achievement each day, or rewarding yourself with 15 minutes of alone time after a job well done, your goal must reward you in some way once accomplished.

3) Thirdly, recording what you eat and how you exercise on a daily basis will help our personal training staff grasp a better understanding of how you live your days. This can help us to remove roadblocks that can prevent you from achieving your goals. It can also help us give you creative suggestions on how to make subtle changes for a more healthy lifestyle. We do this by identifying patterns that we see within your day – what you eat, how you feel, what type of environment you find yourself in. Your log will give us the extra know-how and tools to help keep you motivated to reach the next steps in your plan without too much resistance.

4) Finally, a food diary can help you learn about your triggers. In order to do this, you need to write down as much as you can about what you are eating and when you are eating it. Make note of what time you are eating, how much you are eating, what you did before you started eating, who you are eating with, etc. This will help you to identify what triggers the negative eating habits you may be engaging in without realizing it. For example, maybe you will realize that you are most likely to crave sugar in the morning. And once you realize this, you can start creating new habits to replace old ones.

In addition, record your mood when you eat. Were you actually hungry when you grabbed that snack? Or were you just bored or upset? Recognizing what sets you off can help you to replace negative habits with positive ones.

Again, creating a new habit and behavior takes at least 21 days or more to be effective. Let us give you the knowledge to keep moving forward by providing us with a daily log of your regular eating habits and activities.

Our Favorite Tools To Log are

https://www.fitbit.com/app

https://www.myfitnesspal.com

Note if you are a person who not comfortable using smartphone apps than using a notebook is great one tip makes it small enough to carry around

There will be more helpful articles like this coming soon so please be on the Lookout. If there is anything else you would like to know please reach out to us we are here to help.

In Health
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