If you’ve been troubling to lose weight for quite some time now, it probably has to do with the fact you are not even aware of the total amount of food (calories) you bring into your body. For this reason, it would be good to start leading your own diet plan. According to some studies, people who carefully note everything they eat have much more success in losing weight. Can you even remember how much food have you eaten today and haven’t registered it as a meal? This is usually the way how we gain weight. A cupcake here and there and the pounds are everywhere. We shouldn’t be shocked to see our perfect trousers no longer fit us. What we forget is that food we eat must be one with our subconscious as well i.e. we need to be aware of the calorie value of the foods we eat. For instance, most people can eat three chocolate cupcakes in no time, but it takes about ten minutes of intense treadmill exercise to burn all those calories. A piece of cake? I don’t think so. This is exactly the reason why you should consider introducing diet plan into your daily routine. It will help you raise awareness about the foods you eat. In addition to an exhaustive list of everything you eat during day this “plan” should also contain a description of time and place of each meal, including a brief report on the mood you had at the time of eating and the feeling a particular meal provoked in you, including the information on how much were you hungry before each meal and how you felt afterwards.
In this way you take control of several things actually, eating habits and your inner state of being. It is important
to properly schedule your meals and have three main meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner, including two small meals at approximately the same time each day. When you manage to set up this kind of routine, you’ll certainly ward off any craving that may lead you to eat more than necessary. Regular meals will help you maintain a daily intake of calories. Furthermore, eating place also defines your food choices and the amount of food you eat. For example, eating in front of the TV is the worst thing you can do because your brain will not “process” all the food you’ve eaten as food and you’ll end up eating much more than you should have. A person’s emotional state greatly influences the amount as well as food choice(s). So, when you feel depressed, chances are you are eating mindlessly. You’ll probably agree we often eat even when we are not actually hungry, and it is why you should write down exactly how hungry you are before any meal and you’ll discover what drives you to eat more than you should. Finally, leading diet diary will enable you to understand yourself better and your habits too and this will surely ease your way to weight loss.
Translation: G. Dujmović