• Denise A Olson

"Do I Have To Log My Food?"

Most of us have some experience with logging meals and snacks using an app such as My Fitness Pal. Without a doubt, logging your food can be a great tool when it comes to achieving your fitness goals-however, it’s not the end all, be all. There are many improvements you can make to your nutrition before ever having to weigh or measure anything, so let’s go over those.

  • Eating veggies at least twice a day: Do you include them with lunch and dinner? If not, this is a great place to start. Aim for 2 handfuls of veggies with both of these meals.

  • Focusing on whole, unprocessed foods: Keep your grocery shopping to the perimeter of the store! Begin to look at ingredient labels: more than 5 ingredients? Names you can’t pronounce? You most likely don’t want to be ingesting it.

  • Eating balanced meals: Think about the plate method! ½ plate of non starchy veggies, ¼ plate carbohydrates, ¼ plate lean protein + little bit of healthy fat

  • Eating regularly throughout the day: Aim to eat something about every 3-4 hours throughout the day. This will support stable blood sugar labels, as well as support you in eating appropriate portions at your meals (hanger often leads to overeating!)

  • Drinking enough water: Shoot for a minimum of 80 ounces each day! Make water your beverage of choice. Leave juices/sodas out of the picture, as they are laden with sugar and calories that are directly related to weight gain.

  • Getting adequate sleep: Sleep is when our bodies recover and our hormones reset! The goal should be at least 7 hours of sleep a night. If this isn’t in the cards for you-what you can do about getting an additional 15 minutes of sleep each night?

Now, if you are doing well with each of these things and are at a plateau OR you are looking to get more dialed in with your nutrition, logging your food is a great route to go. Yes, it takes some time (about 7 minutes per day) and it can be tedious. It also offers you intel about what exactly you’re taking in, and if you’re working with a nutrition coach it allows them a window into what your day-to-day intake looks like.

Regardless of whether you log or not, consistency is the name of the game. What’s one thing from the list above, that you’d like to improve? Start with that one thing, and work on it each day. If you need some accountability, a nutrition coach can help. Book your Free Nutrition Intro HERE.

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