Should you be keeping a food log?

By Dr. Chetna Bakshi & Sameera Khan 

The popularity of smartphones made it easier for many people to do a lot of things. Admit it!

At one point or another, you probably thought that you can’t live without your smartphone. What makes smartphones so practical is that there are a lot of apps that can help people become more productive.

And one of the most popular categories of mobile applications?

Health and Fitness 

There are exercise apps, recipe apps, meditation apps, educational apps, heart trackers, pedometers, and so many more. Of course, there’s the ever-useful food log app.

Food log apps allow you to list down the food that you eat in a day. Apps with advanced features even have a comprehensive database of common food items with corresponding calories and nutritional information.

These features make it easy for users to log in their food.

But are these apps helpful? What are the benefits of these apps? 

#1: Logging your food helps you become aware

Many times, we eat food mindlessly.

Maybe you’re watching TV or just sitting around browsing our Instagram.

Because you’re not focused, you don’t even realize that you’ve consumed an entire bag of chips or a box of cookies.

When this happens, calories pile up unknowingly so that when it’s time to weigh in. You’re suddenly shocked why you gained weight.

When you keep a food log, it helps you become more aware of what you’re eating every day and how much of it you’re eating.

If you are eating a bowl of chocolate chip Ben& Jerry’s every night, you shouldn’t be surprised why you can no longer fit into your skinny jeans or why the scale is telling you you’re heavier by a few pounds.

#2: Keeping your food log makes you accountable 

The habit of food logging holds you accountable for what you eat.

Whether you’re sharing your food log with your trainer or whether you’re only keeping it for yourself, there’s a degree of accountability developed with this habit.

Your decisions and your choices for the day will stare back at you when you look at the food log.

This will help you become more careful before reaching for that second cupcake or eating a hotdog just because.

#3: A food log is a great assessment tool 

There are instances when you think you’re doing everything by the book, following all the weight-loss rules. And yet, you’re still not losing weight. Having a food log can help you evaluate what may be the problem.

For example, maybe you’re eating too many carbohydrates that’s why you’re not losing weight.

Then you’ll know that you need to increase your protein and healthy fats.

Or maybe, you’re wondering why you’re always feeling hungry all the time, even if you already reached your calorie limit…

Looking at your food log will help you see what types of food you can drop so you can swap them with healthier items that are more filling and beneficial to your body.

We specialize in weight loss – if you feel like you need help with nutrition, weight loss medications, or even surgery call to make an appointment with Dr. Chetna Bakshi & Sameera Khan 516-496-2752

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