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Keeping a food diary

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 weight as those who did not keep a record.

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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:...

  • 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

  • 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, ...

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

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