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Why keep a food diary? - Harvard Health Blog

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Keeping a food diary

A food diary is a useful tool to help people improve their health. It can help you understand your eating habits and help you identify what foods you eat regularly.

In a weight-loss study, participants who kept a daily food record lost twice as much we...

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  • Write down what specific foods you are eating, your beverage consumed, and how your food is prepared (baked, fried, etc.) Include sauces and dressings.
  • List how much you are eating in household measures (cups, teaspoons, tablespoons.) If possible, ...

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  • Write down the food or beverage as soon as you consume it.
  • Be very specific. If you are drinking a latte, write down the type and size.
  • Include any alcoholic beverages you consume.
  • Use smartphone apps

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Step back and look what you've recorded. Look for trends, patterns, or habits. You might consider these questions:

  • How healthy is my diet?
  • How many servings of fruit and vegetables do I eat every day?
  • Am I eating whole grains each day?
  • Do I consume adde...

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Once you know which areas you can improve, set one or two healthy eating goals using the SMART goal format. That is Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-based.
For example:...

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