The How and Why of Food Tracking

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“What gets measured gets managed.” – Peter Drucker

If you want to improve something, you need to track your progress.Tracking allows you to see exactly how much each choice brings your closer to (or further away from!)  your goals. Sometimes you will be surprised at how much or how little you have eaten. And if you think to yourself, “I’ll just indulge a little” then log it; you will might find out your “little splurge” cost you 750 calories!  To burn this off, it would require a whopping 90 minutes of brutally intense exercise to burn that off! Now you can pause before that decision and ask yourself “Is it really worth it?”

When people record what, when, and how much they eat, and/or their weight — they eat less, and lose weight as the result.

Added bonus: the simply act of recording your food intake is actually linked to higher levels of exercise.  Meaning, people who track their food tend to work out more as a side effect.

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