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Logging Your Foods

Certain habits need to be created if you want to lose weight and keep it off for the rest of your life. Logging your foods and moving more often are two essentials that need to become a part of your daily routine if you want to lose weight and keep it off for the rest of your life.

Watch the video above or continue reading below to learn why logging your foods, especially in the beginning, is so important for your success.

Then CLICK HERE to find out why it’s crucial to START moving more often as well.

We can all agree that logging your foods can be a bit tedious and overwhelming, especially in the beginning. However, logging your foods and tracking your calories can provide the accountability and what we here at WELL Inc call “nutritional awareness” that one needs for long-term success. 

So do yourself a favor and START logging today. 

Still not convinced that logging your foods will help? Here are a few things to consider:

Why it’s so important –

  • Logging your foods can ultimately make the difference between long term success and failure because your nutritional habits can affect your results by more than 70%.
  • You can exercise as much as you want but if the nutritional awareness isn’t there, your results will be limited at best.
  • Most of us gain weight because of habits we’ve created in our lives. One of the best ways to address and overcome a negative habit is to replace it with a more positive one. Nutritional Awareness through logging your foods can help you identify things like emotional eating or late night snacking which can undermine your weight loss efforts. 
  • Change is difficult to accept and it is always uncomfortable in the beginning. Adding this fundamental component to your plan will change the way you look at food and your nutritional habits, which isn’t going to be fun at first. But once you get past the discomfort of change, you will adjust to this new lifestyle.

Tools to SIMPLIFY your approach –

  • Your Personal WELLnalysis Dashboard is a premium section of The WELL Community where you can log your foods and track your progress all in one place. If you aren’t already a premium member, CLICK HERE to join for 30 days risk free, and START logging your foods today. 
  • Through our partnership with FatSecret®, You can join their program for free from within our website or app and sync your results across all your devices.

Don’t overwhelm yourself –

  • For now, don’t worry about staying within a certain number of calories, and don’t change your diet AT ALL. Eat like you would normally. Just begin logging these foods into the FatSecret® tracker on your Personal WELLnalysis Dashboard.
  • Being focused on logging your foods each day allows it to become a habit without over-complicating the process.
  • You can see exactly what your typical nutritional habits are in order to set a baseline. Once logging has become a daily habit, you can then determine what things need to be addressed in order to reach your goals.
  • Remember that permanent weight loss is about making small, subtle changes along the way, and just logging your food is going to seem like a lot to manage at first. Don’t set yourself up for failure by trying to do everything at once.

Make the time and get results –

  • One of the most popular objections to a food log is the time it takes to do it. But let’s be honest, we can find the time for things that are important to us. And though the actual act of logging your foods may not excite you, the accelerated results that come from monitoring your food choices should. CLICK HERE to watch our “Tough Love” YouTube Webinar on Time.
  • Admittedly, the process can be a bit annoying at first. You have to search for specific foods in the database to begin building your personal list, cooking at home can create some guesswork when figuring out portions and calories, and you don’t always know what is in the food you eat at a restaurant. The best advice in cases like these is to find similar foods in the database and use estimates. It may not be completely accurate, but it is better than skipping the log altogether.
  • If you find yourself extremely busy one day, it’s ok to wait and back log it the next day. Just don’t let this become an easy decision to make, because you’ll never create the consistent behavior necessary for it to become a habit.
  • Eventually,  logging  your foods and counting your calories will become a part of your daily routine, like taking a shower or brushing your teeth. Your personal database will fill out nicely, and you won’t have as much searching to do, making the process less overwhelming and tedious.

Hopefully, you’ve been convinced to at least give the food log a try. START logging your foods every single day for just two weeks. If by then you feel like it’s something you want to discontinue, send us an email and we will help you find a more effective way to address your nutritional habits.

CLICK HERE to learn why it is so important to START moving more often.