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When it comes to losing weight, there are many factors that influence ones success rate: support, exercise amount, caloric intake, etc. But one factor you may not have considered is actually an incredibly easy one to implement.

Keeping written logs of what you eat and also how much you exercise can be a real tell-tale prediction of your success. According to a National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute study, individuals who kept weekly food logs of their beverage and food intake lost twice as much weight as those who did not record their calories.


Whatever method that you use, start logging today. Here are some of the benefits of tracking your food and exercise:

  • Discourages mindless eating: Tracking what you eat encourages you to think about what you eat. The more you think about what you put in the mouth, the less likely you are to make poor choices.
  • Increases exercise adherence: An exercise log helps prevent workouts from being skipped.
  • Monitors the in/out equation: Losing weight comes down to calories taken in versus calories burned. Logs help bring that in to full, undisputable light.
  • Provides motivation: Recording every time you exercise (or donít) proves quite motivating as nobody wants to see an empty page that makes them feel that they are failing.
  • Proves the mind-body connection: A comprehensive food log that also includes your feelings and circumstances at the time you eat will help you better identify root causes of overeating and poor food choices.
  • Assists Your Healthcare providers: If you decide to illicit the help of a registered dietician or a personal trainer, being able to provide them with accurate history of what you have recently been doing will prove invaluable. It will help them quickly evaluate your strengths and weaknesses.

Try www.workoutsforyou.com for a great online option for food and workout logs, online diaries and even uploading your own video journals.

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