Today is the start of our 28-Day Fall Fat Loss Challenge, and even if for some crazy reason you didn't sign up for it (it was free, after all), I thought over the next 4 Mondays I'd tell you what we are doing so you can follow along at home.
Here's the habit (or skill if you like) we are working on this week:
Keep a Food Journal Everyday
This habit is nothing revolutionary, but can and will make a big impact.
A lot of us think that we eat pretty healthy and only cheat once in a while. However, if we actually tracked everything that we put into our mouths on a daily basis, we might change our tune just a bit.
Documenting what you eat and drink at every meal will give you a much better look into your true eating habits and not just what you perceive you eat. This can be a very beneficial process.
It usually goes one of two ways:
#1 – “My current eating habits are pretty much on par with what my assumptions were.”
#2 – “I always thought of myself as making decent food choices, but after looking at it for 7 days, I definitely have room for improvement.”
While these two scenarios don't encompass everyone, they are the most common conclusions we see from our clients.
In situation #1, this process helped you focus in on what exactly you were eating and when. It gave you more concrete data than just, “Yeah I think I eat pretty well.”
In situation #2, this process might have opened your eyes to your true eating habits. Maybe before this you thought you only ate dessert once in a great while, when in reality you have 2-3 desserts per week! Now this might be an extreme example but you never quite know what you are going to find out until you actually track something.
Today you need to get a notebook, download an app like MyFitnessPal, or grab a copy of this template and start recording what you ate today. The process isn't hard and you might need a few reminders today. Also right now, set a few reminders on your phone to record your food.
Have a great day.
DC & The Fall Fat Loss Challenge Team