I hear it from people all the time: “I am working out 6 days a week and not losing weight. How is this possible?” It is possible if your calorie intake cancels out your calories burned. If you are burning 400 calories in each workout that would equate to 2400 calories burned from exercise per week. If you are drinking a bottle of wine or a few beers over the weekend, well, those extra calories can add up very quickly.
Now, I am all for everything in moderation. After all, who would never want to have a slice of cake again? Certainly not me! The important thing is to keep yourself accountable. I find my clients have the best results if they track what they are eating. Even if it’s with a handwritten food journal. It doesn’t have to be calorie specific to start, it can just be a simple log. By logging what you eat, you will begin to notice patterns in your diet. Maybe you do tons of snacking when you get home from work, or after dinner desserts are very common. It is important to find the problem areas in order to know how to fix them.
Once you have mastered the written food journal and you are ready to take the next step, there are many phone apps available to use. My personal favorite is the Lose It! app. There is a special setting in there where you can have your food diaries automatically emailed to another user. I have my clients send their food diaries to me using this feature. This helps me take a closer look at what my clients are eating so I can give them the necessary adjustments. The Lose It! app also gives you details on the macronutrients (Carbohydrates, Protein and Fat) of the foods you are eating.
By logging your food you may realize that having that second glass of wine or that extra snack may not actually be worth it. It definitely puts things into perspective and helps keep you on track to reach your goals.