Health Tip: Track What You Eat

Keep a food diary

(HealthDay News) -- A food diary can help you track how much food -- and how many calories -- you're taking in. This can help make it easier to lose those extra pounds.

The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these suggestions for keeping a food diary:

  • Don't change your eating routine, unless your doctor suggests this.
  • Track which foods you eat and how much. Don't forget to include snacks, beverages, side items, sauces, dressings or dips.
  • Each time you eat, write down the time of day, where you were, and if you were alone or with someone else. Enter these details immediately after you finish eating.
  • Note how you felt while you were eating -- happy, sad, anxious, etc.
  • Jot down what you were doing while you were eating, such as working, watching TV or reading a book.
  • Be honest, and don't leave anything out.
Diana Kohnle

Diana Kohnle

Published on January 12, 2010

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