If you are serious about losing weight and getting fit, I have the secret to help you slim down and shape up permanently. Start your own fitness journal. Journaling is the single most easiest activity to add to your diet and workout plan, and one of the most powerful tools to guarantee success.
It has been proven time and again that people who keep a fitness journal have a far greater chance at successful weight loss than those who do not. Writing is one of the best ways to hold yourself accountable to your goals and your behavior. Don’t keep those thoughts bottled up inside, get out a pen and paper and start writing.
In order to get the most benefit from your fitness journal you must be honest with yourself. Make an entry for each day and write down everything you eat and drink. Everything. After you become accustomed to the accountability and self-scrutiny, you can begin to track your exercise and physical activities that you do each day.
Keeping a journal will help you determine the direction for your diet. You will be able to better understand when you tend to eat more than other times. This can help you to plan your meal times to better suit your hunger needs. Perhaps a bigger breakfast and a smaller lunch, or maybe a bigger lunch and smaller dinner are more suitable to your body. Controlling your portion size is a major factor when you want to manage your weight so be sure to write down the exact amount you are eating.
I find that actually writing with paper and pen work best for me, but you may find that your mobile device or computer are better for storing your data. There is something very personal about actually writing that keeps me accountable but if your online journal works for you, by all means continue with anything you are comfortable with.
Another great thing about journaling is being able to look back and see how far you have come. Especially, at times when there doesn’t seem to be any changes in my body, when I seem to have reached a plateau, I can look back in my journal and see how it was in the beginning or even a few months ago. I even write down new foods that I try and how they taste in the beginning versus how they taste as I begin to add them to my diet, preparing them in different ways.
Your fitness journal is your secret pal to losing weight. It will never judge you, never put you down and always be there to cheer you on and will provide the proof you need to know you have what it takes to be a success.