"First, writing down everything you eat helps you understand exactly what foods, and how many calories, you're putting in your body. So if you lose, gain, or plateau from one week to the next, you have a written record of how you got there, and you can plan for the results you want."
"Second, tracking every meal, snack, and beverage you consume keeps you honest about all those little tastes and nibbles that occur throughout the day and makes you accountable for the results. Accountability is key to losing weight."
This is what the tracking pages looks like inside the journal.
"If your not accountable for what you're eating, you won't lose weight. It is imperative to keep track of the number of calories you take in and burn off through exercise each day, especially when you're just getting started."
Now, if you don't have this particular book at home, no worries... don't let that stop you. You can use anything to keep track of your progress. Legal pads, a notebook, a small pad... whatever works... and be honest about every bite.
Daily Food Journal:
I had all the exact things for breakfast, lunch and dinner that I had yesterday. What can I say, I picked a lot of my favorites and I absolutely love hummus and brocolli).
Notes: Eating a sandwich with an apple and not potato chips is definitely going to take some getting used to. Also, I haven't had any sweets since yesterday. So far, the box of raisins that I've been snacking on has helped to satisfy my sweet tooth and that's only 100 calories. The honey in the green tea is sweet, too.