The thought of logging ones food can seem daunting and tediously time consuming, but the truth is, most people who are successful at losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight have one way or another logged their food. Why? Because you cannot efficiently manage what you don’t closely monitor—period.
Monitoring your daily food intake is essential because that is the only way you can accurately know how many calories you are consuming. You also become more aware of the type and quantity of food you eat and therefore can pinpoint exactly why you either are not losing weight, are not maintaining your ideal weight, or perhaps, why you don’t have enough energy throughout the day.
Here is a snippet from my book, IF your day went like this… regarding Step #1 Nourish,
Don’t forget calorie consumption vs. calorie expenditure. You need to make sure you are expending more calories than you are taking in. A calorie is another word for energy. So weight maintenance and weight loss is just balancing your energies appropriately.
(Food you eat) – (BMR + how much you move) = 0 for weight maintenance
(Food you eat) – (BMR + how much you move) = is negative for weight loss
Your BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) is the amount of energy your body uses just to stay alive, like if you woke up and never left your bed. If you are for weight loss, in order to lose 1 pound a week you need to do a combination of burning and not eating 3500 calories in a weeks’ time. Your caloric deficit on average would be 500 calories a day. Once you realize it’s just math, calculate how much energy (food) you need and plan for your day.
To conclude, log your food; know your calories inside and out. Then, not only will you see your success on paper from your healthy food choices, moreover, you will also see success on the scale.
TNT (Till Next Tuesday =)
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