Keeping a Food Journal

by - Wednesday, April 13, 2016

The struggle to keep fit and trim is real.  I started my own food journal this week.  I have been reading a lot about keeping a food journal,  how to investigate and  calculate calorie content and how to cut down on useless calories. Having a food journal will help every woman who wants to lose weight. It is also a good idea for anyone who wants to stay fit by watching what she eats and how much of nutrition she is getting her body.

The daily recommended calorie intake for a woman of my age group is 2000-2500 calories.  I am cutting down 500 from 2000.  I am looking forward to consuming 1500 calories daily because I am trying to spot reduce (belly bloat and fat) . Even though spot reduction is difficult,  cutting back slightly can help you reduce on excess fat deposit areas.

To keep a food journal,  you may decide to update weekly,  four days in a week or as convenient. There are a few apps you can download on Google play store to help keep you on track.  I bought a 2A notebook for it. Here's my food journal:

Extra Notes 

-Kcal is the dietary unit of calorie content.  I used to be very confused because 1Kcal to the scientist equals 1000 Cal.  Food labels are mostly in Kcals and I would wonder why such a large calorie content even though I suspected that something was not adding up.

-Cooking for yourself helps you monitor your food calorie content better. Healthy meals are created in your kitchen.

-The more your protein consumption,  the less you have to consume more calories to fill up your stomach. Protein makes you fuller for a long time thereby reducing hunger pangs. Also,  eat more of protein, fruits and vegetables to get more of nutrients from your overall reduced calories. Add fiber to your diet too.

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