It is easy to see how keeping our diary will keep us on track. If we know that we have to list everything that we eat and drink, there is less chance of us mindlessly going back to eating sweets and junk food and jeopardising our dieting goals.
If we keep a food and exercise diary it will prevent us from convincing ourselves that we are sticking to our weight loss programme, even if we know that we are not. Once we have it written in black and white, we cannot dispute the truth.
Weight Loss Food Diary Tip #3 - Promoting Motivation
As we keep a detailed record of our progress in our diary, we will notice a motivation boost. We will begin to see a distinct connection between what we eat, how much we exercise and the numbers on the scales. We should also keep re-measuring our body every month or two and record these too. It is so encouraging when we see the inches melting away, which inspires more motivation. If we start to feel frustrated or impatient about our progress, we can look back through our diary and make ourselves feel better when we see how well we have done so far.
Weight Loss Food Diary Tip #4 - An Emotional Release
Finally, we can use our diet food diary as a release mechanism for any turbulent emotions. Anytime we are feeling frustrated, angry, upset or anxious and are tempted to eat something fattening to soothe these emotions, we should use writing in our diary as a release instead. Make a note of what caused the turmoil and what effect it has had on the way we feel. We should keep writing until we have purged all the negative emotions and we feel calmer and in control, and we will also notice that our food cravings will have subsided too.
A dieting food diary can be a useful tool while we are losing weight. It can help to keep us motivated, cheer us when we are down and give us a visible record of progress and help us to think positively if we find that we are struggling.
Diaries are amazing. If you don't keep a diary, you should. They keep the mind fresh, help memorization, and help clear our minds by letting us rant about our problems. It is a gateway to a healthy lifestyle. Of course, diaries aren't magic pills to make you a healthier person, but they do allow you to become less stressful which in turn helps regulate blood pressure and heart beat and raise metabolism.
I, of course, don't suggest keeping only a diary but a poetic diary. What is a poetic diary you ask? It is like a diary but written as poetry. Every day, instead of writing a normal entry, try writing it in a poetic voice. Practice makes perfect.
Here is my suggestion. Over the next week, write your entries as poems. If you don't enjoy it, stop. If you do like it, keep going. Of course, you can do as you please--it is yours after all. Write one poem a week or one a month. However, give it a chance; it won't hurt. Be adventurous!