The Benefits of Journaling
by Leonard Scriven. Posted 1 Jan 13
Successful professional, semi-pro, and amateur athletes track everything they do. Why? Because food and exercise tracking provides useful information that helps maximize the effectiveness of any diet and exercise programs. You should journal your exercise and eating to maximize your success.
Keeping track of what you eat and the amount of physical activity you perform helps to motivate you to do better or to continue doing well.
These journals also keep you accountable for your actions. Keeping a food journal helps you lose more weight or maintain a healthy weight. According to a Kaiser Permanente study published in the August 2008 issue of “American Journal of Preventive Medicine,” study participants who kept a food journal lost approximately twice the weight of those who did not. Awareness and accountability make a tremendous difference.
Keep in mind that food and exercise journaling is only as effective as your honesty and consistency. You also need to be thorough enough to include all the little extras you eat, such as beverages, snacks, and “taste-testing.”
Journaling is also quite helpful if you ever need to engage a healthcare professional. A history of your food and exercise can prove invaluable.
Fortunately, there are all kinds of tools out there to help you journal your food and exercise. We’ve been using Lose It! and it has made a huge difference in our successful health and fitness journey. Lose It! is available on the web, iPhone and Android.
(If you use Lose It!, be sure to send us a friend request @ljscriven @loveandprimal).
Article Reference: Livestrong.com.