Keeping a Diet Diary: Writing it Down Helps!

Several studies have shown that people who keep food journals are more likely to lose weight and keep it off, but how can the simple act of writing down what you eat and drink help in your efforts to lose weight? And for the purpose of this blog, specifically, how can it help someone after bariatric surgery?

Consider this:

  • Keeping a food journal instantly increases your awareness of what, how much, and why you are eating.
  • Food diaries help you identify areas where you can make changes.
    • You don’t realize how many calories you are getting from caloric beverages and snacks.
  • Food diaries can unveil patterns of overeating.
    • They can identify triggers to avoid, such as not eating enough throughout the day and then overeating at night, or overeating when drinking alcohol.
  • For some people, the very fact that they have to record every bite helps deter overeating
    • People often reconsider eating something because of not wanting to write it down.
  • Keeping a diet and activity journal can be a learning tool to help you monitor food intake, activity levels, and feelings connected to eating.
    • Write in your journal each day and note what you have eaten, how you feel after eating, and your physical activity for that day.
    • After surgery you can add any side effects you experience, the supplements you take, and anything else that you find is helping you succeed.

A journal can help you stay in control of what you choose to eat by holding you accountable. In addition, if after weeks of consecutive weight loss you suddenly notice that the scale is moving up, you can review your journal and find out what you are doing differently. Maybe, you have fallen off track and don’t realize it. Reviewing what worked when you were successfully losing can show you what has changed and how to get back on the path that leads to you meeting your weight-loss and health goals.

If you are considering bariatric surgery, contact Dr. Shawn Tsuda for a consultation. He and his expert team will work to find the best treatments for your unique case.

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