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Food Journals For Weight Loss

Get Fit Tip: If You Bite It, Write It

Want to know the weight-loss secret that everyone swears by? Turns out, it involves a simple concept: tracking what you eat with a food journal.

Keeping a food journal helps you stay accountable, especially when it comes to the tastes and snacks that you may forget about or underestimate calorie-wise. Writing it down and going over your list at the end of the day is a tried-and-true way many have dropped pounds without feeling deprived. A recent study confirmed this, showing that women who monitored their food intake with a food journal lost more weight than women who skipped meals but didn't track their food intake.

One of the best ways to food journal is to download a smartphone app: it's a convenient way to keep track of your meals no matter where you are, and most include calorie counts as well. Check out these food journal iPhone apps — some available on other smartphones as well — to find the right one for you.

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Frances3473505 Frances3473505 4 years
I found that when I began to write down what I was going to eat early in the day that I felt more bound to my food plans. I also began to use the old fashioned paper journal as a place to jot down all kinds of thoughts, events (what I weighed, when my period started and ended, what a restaurant meal actually was, days of being on a food plan, size changes, coming down with a cold. etc.) and observations. Apps are great but food is so much more than fuel -- it feeds into body image, health, fitness, mood and how alive we are to the world. Some of that is hard to do with an app.
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