Monday, December 11, 2006

Health Tip: Keep a Food Diary

(HealthDay News) -- A food diary may be helpful in the battle to lose weight. It can help you track what you eat for a week or even a day, and help you realize how much every little snack matters when counting calories.

Here are suggestions on what to record, courtesy of the American Academy of Family Physicians:
  • Write down the portion size of every food you eat. Record the dimensions, weight, volume or count.
  • List exactly which foods you ate, including any sauces or condiments used.
  • Record what time you ate, where you ate, and if you ate with company. Recording these things can help monitor trends in your eating habits.
  • Include what you were doing while you were eating -- watching TV, reading, etc. -- and how you felt while you were eating.

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