Logging your meals whether on paper, in a notebook, a word document, or using an app on your phone, food logging is something that gets brought up regularly in the nutrition world.
Can help you be more aware of the types of foods, along with what amounts, you are consuming on a regular basis
Can allow you to narrow in on a particular area of your food you would like to increase or decrease
Can allow you to understand how you time your meals and snacks throughout the day and how that may impact productivity and/or fitness
Can be very time consuming
Can be overwhelming and daunting
Can lead to guilt related to “slip-ups” or “cheat meals”
Overall, food logging is something I would recommend to everyone to try at least once. It is certainly not meant for everyone, and may also not be sustainable long-term for everyone. Guess what? THAT’S OKAY.
You need to figure out what works best for you to get you closer to your goals.
If you’re interested in food logging, I would start with paper or a notebook. Include the amounts you ate (now that can be specifically 4oz of turkey or simply a ‘handful’ of turkey), roughly what time you consumed it at, and how you felt about it, before and after. Once logging becomes a regular part of your routine and you have a good sense of what you’re eating, how much, and when, then if you feel up to it, you can move forward to logging via an app.
The best app, in my opinion, is MyFitnessPal. It is the most user friendly and accurate of all the apps I have tested. This is really where the time consuming comment from above comes into play - using the app, you have to scan or search all of your foods and adjust for the amounts manually.
As I stated previously, food logging is not for everyone. It can be extremely eye-opening and helpful in honing in your diet and food intake, but you must be realistic with yourself on whether logging is a healthy and sustainable habit.
If you have any questions about logging, please feel free to reach out at the gym or send me an email to email@example.com!
Your Nutrition Intern,