Weight Loss Surgery Journal:
Use a Lap Band Journal
to Keep Track of What You Eat

Weight Loss Surgery Journal:
Lap Band Journal Designed for Gastric Band Diet

You've probably heard all about the benefits of food journaling before and have probably even tried to keep a food/exercise diary at some point(s) in your dieting career.

gastric lap band journal

Of course no one records in a food journal every day for their entire lives. However, after bariatric banding, there are certain times that keeping a food log can be very useful.

Weight Loss Surgery Journal:
Use Your Lap Band Journal When You're Doing Great and Losing Weight

When you're eating well and losing weight you might not feel like you need to record what you eat.

It's not uncommon to feel like you have total control, you've beaten your food demons and like you're above using your lap band journal when you're "on track."

However, recording what you eat when you're eating well and losing weight will provide you valuable menus to return to when you're not doing so great.

You'll be able to look back and see exactly what you ate for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks when you were losing 2 pounds per week.

You can then go back and follow those exact meals if ever there's a time when you "fall of the wagon."

Read more on what to do if you stop losing weight after your gastric banding procedure.

Weight Loss Surgery Journal:
Use your Lap Band Journal When You're NOT Doing Great and NOT Losing Weight

The times you do your worst eating are some of the best times to write in your lap band journal.

I know, I know. It's the last thing you want to do in those times.

But keeping a food/exercise diary can help you get back on track. Really.

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute proclaims that "record keeping is one of the most successful behavioral techniques for weight loss and maintenance."

The Harvard School of Public Health says, "It's easy to eat more than you plan to. A daily food intake journal makes you more aware of exactly what you're eating and how much you're eating."

Just like taking notes in school, keeping a weight loss surgery food diary reinforces knowledge and awareness.

Owning a lap band food journal can't make you lose weight, but using it is certain to help. (And remember this: it doesn't do any good to fudge!)

Weight Loss Surgery Journal: Setting Up A Planned Interval To Write in Your Lap Band Journal

I'll say it again. Nobody keeps food records every single day for their entire lives!

That's why recommending to journal what you eat the first week of every month is one of my favorite recommendations to give! It's just such a smart idea.

If you're eating well that first week of the month, journaling will simply generate more menu ideas that you'll be able to return to at a later time.

If you're not eating so well, writing in your lap band journal may help pull you back on track before you've gotten too far off.

It makes sense, doesn't it? There's a beginning and an end to the time frame so it won't feel like you have to do it forever, and the information you'll gather in that week will benefit you no matter what!

So make a commitment...NOW...at a bare minimum...you'll journal the first week of every month.

Weight Loss Surgery Journal: The Gastric Lap Band Companion

Being a bariatric dietitian, and being the fan that I am of food journaling, it was a no-brainer for me to design a food journal specifically for gastric band patients and the gastric band diet.

Introducing...

The Gastric Band Companion: A 3 Month Food and Exercise Journal

This weight loss surgery journal offers a quick, convenient way to track daily food, exercise and progress.

There's even a way to track your daily nutritional balance by using the "Count My Servings" feature.

I hope you enjoy using it as much as I enjoyed developing it! (Clicking on either link above will open a new window to purchase at www.lulu.com.)

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