Food diary: an aid to lose weight

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Carlos Laforet Coll
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Have you followed any kind of improvised diet and failed to lose weight? Or did you lose a few kilos, but then you weren't constant and recovered twice as much? Perhaps keeping a food diary is the solution for you. Remember that the first rule to lose weight in a healthy way is to follow a diet specific to your needs, based on the indications of a nutritionist or a specialist.



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Have you followed any kind of improvised diet and failed to lose weight? Or did you lose a few kilos, but then you weren't constant and recovered twice as much? Maybe hold a food diary is the solution for you. Remember that the first rule to lose weight in a healthy way is to follow a diet specific to your needs, based on the indications of a nutritionist or a specialist.

According to experts, write down on a food diary what you eat allows you to increase awareness of the foods eaten and to understand which and how many foods with a high calorie content are ingested. Recommend it Alfredo Vanotti, Head of the Clinical Nutrition and Food Education Service of the Zucchi Clinical Institutes of Monza.

It is not only the calories that are ingested that count. Vegetarians and vegans who eat a healthy diet, for example, according to the latest studies, they can lose weight effectively without counting calories. Those who suggest keeping a food diary believe that it is much more important to take into account how you behave during the day from a food point of view.

The food diary would work especially for those who tend to eat out of nervousness, without really feeling the urge of hunger. It is essential to take into account, for example, where and when you eat, with whom you tip and above all why. Therefore, it is not only the chosen foods that play a role that should not be underestimated, but also the circumstances and motivations that push us towards certain foods and eating behaviors.

The basic rule is don't cheat. In the food diary you have to take note of everything you eat, even the treats and snacks between meals. Getting to the roots of what drives us to certain foods could help us establish better eating habits. Food is related to one emotional outburst, for example to anger or nervousness? Or we have some food shortages that push us to eat more, but choose the wrong foods that don't meet our nutritional needs?



The reasons that lead to the accumulation of extra pounds can be numerous. Fill in a food diary e follow the advice of an expert it could represent the turning point for those who until now have not managed to reach the goal of the ideal weight. The reasons for losing weight should also be investigated and put in black and white.

And finally, the expert recommends don't forget physical activity to keep fit and as an aid to lose weight. The times and ways in which you will exercise and exercise will also have to become part of your food diary. Are you ready to start a food diary that will perhaps reveal details about you that you didn't know or have never looked into?



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