You need to start keeping a gastric lap-band journal IF:
When You've Stopped Losing Weight or Started Gaining
Keeping a gastric lap-band journal for as little as a week will usually make it crystal clear why you've stopped losing or started gaining weight.
Most of us are completely unaware of what and how much we eat, but when we see it on paper in black and white, there's no disputing where extra calories are coming from.
Just like taking notes in school, food journaling reinforces knowledge and awareness. Owning a lap band 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!
Start keeping a lap-band food journal now.
When You're Unsure if Your Diet is Properly Nutritionally Balanced
Write down everything you eat for a few days and then review it for balance:
Once you see on paper what you're eating, you'll have a clearer picture of which food groups you're lacking in (or eating in excess) and can then set small goals for yourself to improve your diet.
For example, as a result of keeping a lap-band journal, you may see that you only eat 1 piece of fruit every few days. You then could establish a goal of eating 1 piece of fruit every day. When you grocery shop, you'd make sure to buy 7 pieces of fruit for the week in order to meet your goal.
Get the idea?
Every bite counts even MORE when you can only eat a small amount. As a bariatric dietitian, I'm very concerned that my clients are eating balanced diets.
That's why I developed a gastric lap-band food journal that makes it easy to keep track of daily intake and check overall nutritional balance at a glance. Preview it here.
When you're "off track"
The times you do your worst eating are the best times to keep a food log...
...even though it may be the last thing in the world you want to do.
The personal accountability you gain from keeping a lap-band journal for a few days may be all you need to get yourself back "on track." Try it and see!
Every once in a while when you're "on track."
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 a diet journal when you're "on track."
However, writing down what you eat when you're eating well and losing weight will provide you valuable menus to return to when you're not eating so well.
You'll be able to look back and see exactly what you ate for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks when you were losing, say, 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."
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