Just like taking notes in school, keeping a weight loss surgery journal reinforces knowledge and awareness.
Owning a food diaryl can't make you lose weight, but using it is certain to help. (And remember this: it doesn't do any good to fudge!)
I'm guessing you probably tried keeping a food diary at SOME POINT in your dieting history...
...And then stopped.
Of course no one records in a food journal every day for their entire lives!
However, after bariatric surgery, there are certain times that keeping a food log can be VERY useful.
When you're eating well and losing weight you might feel like don't need to record what you eat.
It's common to feel like you have total control, you've beaten your food demons, and like you're above using your food 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."
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 diary can help you get back on track.
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."
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...to journal the first week of every month.
Being a bariatric dietitian, and being the fan I am of food journaling, it was a no-brainer for me to design these food diaries:
Each 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 your food journal as much as I enjoyed developing it! (Clicking links above will open a new window to purchase at www.lulu.com.)