Tracking your food is one of the best ways to fast-track your fat loss journey. Here are some of the many reasons I suggest you track your food for quicker body transformation results.
What do we mean by food tracking?
If the idea of tracking your food fills you with fear, let me reassure you. Food tracking doesn’t have to mean spending hours each day crunching numbers. Nor should it lead to food obsession.
Done properly, tracking your food should actually free up time and mental space by making your meal choices easier.
And it will definitely help you reach your body transformation goal faster.
What should you track?
Good question. I suggest most people track their calories (and this impacts weight loss or muscle gain) and protein (important for any goal).
And remember, food tracking isn’t forever! It’s a useful tool to get you to a goal or to help you reach a more intuitive relationship with food.
7 reasons to track your food
The main reason to use food tracking as part of a body transformation is accuracy. Tracking is more precise than “winging it” or “guesstimating”. The key to body transformation is calorie balance. The numbers don’t lie – tracking your food intake will show you how many calories you are eating.
The more accurate you are with key variables of your body transformation, the faster you’ll see results. Tracking your food will help you stay on track, and be able to make any necessary diet changes as you progress.
Easier decision making
Some people get overwhelmed with the daily decisions of a body transformation. What to eat, what to cook, which recipe to try. Tracking your food will help you make the right decisions so you can move on with your day.
If you don’t track your food, you’ll be left wondering whether you “should” eat that snack, go out for that meal, or choose that dish. Food tracking takes all the emotion out of it. Does it fit your calories? Has it got enough protein in? Two questions you don’t have to think about when you track.
Building a food diary can help you spot positive and negative patterns in your food choices and eating habits. By looking back over the data with a dispassionate eye, you can start to weed out your less helpful habits and replace them with better choices. Without tracking your food, you won’t know what’s going on (and that can be frustrating).
Nail your numbers
Food tracking is a joy for people who love spreadsheets and formulas! It allows you to crunch the numbers of your daily and weekly diet so you can nail the numbers that really matter. And if you don’t like maths, you’ll still find it a very easy way to get results.
Food tracking doesn’t record all the data you need (I would recommend you also keep a note of your emotional journey with food). But the data it does record gives you an honest account of what you are putting in your body. You can’t deny numbers. Calories, macronutrients, food combinations, meal timings – it’s all there to reflect your unique relationship with food.
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