The biggest help on diet is a food log, it really does work.
Cass says that if she is writing it down on our shared spreadsheet she is less likely to cheat because other people can see it. Or she’d have to lie and that’s just plain wrong! 🙂
I like it even if no one can see coz i still feel im less likely to cheat as i feel guilty even if no one else knows, sad isnt it.
But aside from that the calorie counting and logging the data is a must. I have tried to just keep a note of the food and the calories over a 12 week program and it was great. I could see the calories deficit racking up and just thinking how much fat loss that is was really satisfying. I could also work out how much i could treat myself with and still keep a good calorie deficit. Some times you really do need more and if you don’t bend a little you will fall off the wagon, the next thing you know you’ve driven a round trip via KFC, BK & Mcdonalds and you’re passed out on the sofa in major food coma covered in greasy wrappers and ketchup. Not that iv done that or anything 😉
Anyhoo, after that food log i extended it and tried to record all the fat, carbs, protein and alcohol in grams. This was no small task. I did it for a while, it helped that i generally eat the same thing every day. but it was too much work in the end and i did not see any benefit. If i had done more research and knew how many grams i was aiming for it might be useful, but the amount of time needed to look everything up meant it was easy to get lost and quit.
I build spreadsheets for the food log and that was fine. But now i have a fitbit (Thanks Bro) and that records your activity and then i enter my food into the website profile and its all in one place. (I will write a separate post about the fitbit in technology) Half the time i can find my food in the company’s list and half i have to add myself. I dont mind if the description is slightly wrong as long as the calories are right.
So, if you dont keep a log, you will find it very difficult to reach your goals as you will have no idea how many calories in and out, and thats whats its all about!