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Lose Weight by Taking Photos of Your Food

Calorie Counting Tip: Photo Food Journal

One of the most effective and proven ways to stay on track with healthy food choices is by keeping a food journal because it allows you to examine your diet and be accountable for every bite you eat. If you don't have time to write down your meals and snacks throughout your day, it can be impossible to remember everything you ate once you sit down with your food journal at night.

Here's a helpful tip: take photos of all your meals and snacks right before you enjoy them. Don't forget to snap a shot of the three Hershey's Kisses you grabbed from your co-worker's desk — those count too. Click a pic of your beverages as well. Then when you get home, you can peruse your photos and accurately write down every morsel. Keeping track of your daily diet through photos will not only help you see how many calories you're consuming, but it might also make you think twice about reaching for that second cookie.

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healthyhappywhole healthyhappywhole 5 years
I think photographing food is a good way in general to keep on track with eating whole, healthy foods. When I was a slave to calories all I would eat was processed junk I knew the counts for, now I value whole food and nutrition and photographing the meals to put on my blog inspires me to keep on that path rather than go for 100 calorie packs all the time. I do still love my Arctic Zero though :-)
Knaan-Tzachi Knaan-Tzachi 5 years
As a clinical dietitian I developed an innovative and useful tool (patent pending) for counting calories called the "Categories Method". It helps individuals track their caloric intake using simple common knowledge. According to the well-known and conventional method we need to know the caloric value of each and every component our dish or meal. This method is very complicated and notoriously difficult especially for the average patient. Hence, "the categories method" suggests a single categorical estimation per meal, based on a set of five categories: Category 1 less than 200 kcal Category 2 201-500 Category 3 501-800 Category 4 801-1200 Category 5 above 1200 kcal Each category represents the patients' assumption, based on his common knowledge of a meal caloric value: to calculate a daily caloric consumption we use the average value of the category (e.g., category 3: 500-800 Avg = 650 kcal). This method simplifies the process of counting calories, especially with assembled or cooked meal, it makes it easier to track any given meal even to those how are not so familiar with the caloric value of a product. On a preliminary study I found that the error of the mean is up to 10% between the reported category and the detailed description of a meal caloric value. Furthermore I have developed an iPhone application based on this concept called 'CountEat' which enable users track their caloric count using a portable device. ENJOY
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