You may have heard people talking about it, or you may have even tried it yourself with mixed feelings. Logging your meals can potentially be a tedious process, and even a little stressful for some. But, is food logging worth the time?
Here is one scenario that happens a lot, and it may have even happened to you!
You start taking fitness classes. You are working out consistently three to five days a week. For the first few months, you drop a few pounds and are excited with your progress. However, you’re eating habits stay the same or you start eating more because of how much you are working out. Then, the weight slowly starts to creep up, and you feel sluggish during your workouts. Why the sudden change?
No, it does not mean that the workouts aren’t working anymore. It just means that your body is not getting the right balance of macronutrients to fuel you through the work out. If you have ever found yourself in a similar scenario, then food logging is for you!
What is the point of logging?
Logging what you eat, as well as portion sizes, is the one guaranteed way to see how food is truly impacting your health. By using an app that will track calories and macronutrients, you are able to ensure you are getting exactly what you need. Many times, we mindlessly grab a snack and don’t even realize exactly how much sugar or fat is in that item.
Outside of weight loss or body fat loss, food logging ensures that you are meeting the correct macronutrient percentages for your body. This allows you to have the fuel your body needs to build muscle.
All of our 1-on-1 nutrition clients receive custom meal plans with a clear break down of their macronutrients. They use the exclusive Healthy Steps Nutrition meal tracking app to track their macros. The HSN app allows both the client and nutrition Coach to see what exactly is going into the client’s body. We typically set a goal of being within a 10% range of prescribed nutrients. It becomes a game and a fun challenge for them to hit their daily nutrition goals.
By logging your food, you’ll be less likely to eat unhealthy because someone is looking at your meals. This is a critical component of our Nutrition Program… accountability. I can see what exactly is going on outside of the office between monthly in-person visits by looking at your HSN app account. This will help deter you from eating junk food. We can chat and give feedback directly through the HSN app to help dial in exactly what you need to do to reach your goals.
For some, logging food is the first step in their weight loss journey. For others, it is the next step in their fitness journey. Regardless of what your goals are, food logging will help you get there! You will also feel better in the process.
Don’t hope for results, make results happen by logging your meals.