Wednesday, 20 February 2008

HINTS, TIPS & TRICKS - Diet tracking

The market is flooded with diet products. Patches, drinks, pills even diet lipgloss. Yet in my experience there is one method that works better than all the gimmicks and that is to be brutally honest about everything that you eat. The easiest way to do this is with a food diary. By having to write everything down, you are more aware about what you put in your mouth, but also more aware of checking labels and viewing the nutritional content of the food you consume.

Something I noticed very quickly from doing this, is that alcohol is hugely calorie laden. One night out a week can easily add an extra day's worth of calories. Not good if you are trying to lose a few pounds. It is also very easy to eat too much saturated fat. One portion of quiche, or too much butter can push you over quite easily, and these are things I would not have realised unless I had looked at my diet in more detail.

Online diet trackers are the best kind of tracking as they do all the sums for you. Tesco has just launched a free 'healthy living tracker' with a comprehensive database. It may take some time to build up the meal combinations that you use regularly but after a while things become very easy to record. You can even choose food from other supermarkets and record your exercise too.

So whether you want to lose weight, exercise more, watch your salt or sugar intake or just eat a more blalnced diet, a diet tracker or food diary really is worth a try. It doesn't matter if it is only for the short term because there doesn't need to be any solid commitment, and no cost either!


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