Sam Powell

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Loggers are losers

Studies show that keeping a food journal can help you lose more weight. I know it works for me. While we were moving and getting settled in the new house, I quit logging what I ate. I was so busy and living in total chaos, I quit even pretending to be on a diet. And the pounds started creeping back on. Slowly but surely, 10 of ‘em came back to join their former family.

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I tried all sorts of stuff to get back on track but the one thing that works best for me is to see exactly how much I eat every day. I tried book type journals and programs that run on your own computer, but the one that I use consistently is an online journal. I earn my living online so I have several browser tabs open all day long and it just seems natural to keep my food log open and switch to that tab to update it every time I eat or exercise throughout the day.

I’ve tried all the free ones and even a couple that charge a monthly fee, but I felt the most comfortable with Nutrimirror.com. It has a large built-in database so most of the things that I eat are already there, ready to be selected. But I can also put in my own personal recipes and build menus of things that I regularly eat together so that I don’t have to enter each individual item each time. I found that after I had used it a couple of weeks, it only takes a few minutes each day, since it offers both “recent foods” and “frequent foods” and I tend to eat the same things again and again.

One Nutrimirror feature that I hadn’t seen in such detail before is nutrient tracking. It tracks Calories, Calories from Fat, Total Fat, Saturated Fat, Trans Fat, Cholesterol, Sodium, Carbs, Fiber, Sugar, Protein, Vitamin A & C, Calcium and Iron for each food item and your overall daily total.

It tracks your daily totals for Carbohydrates, Fat and Protein and lets you know how you are doing at keeping them balanced. It also shows if you are over the Recommended Daily Maximum for Total Fat, Sat. Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium or under the Recommended Daily Minimum for Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Calcium and Iron. Without all these charts, I probably would have never known that I consistently do not get enough fiber in my regular diet. I usually only get about half of Recommended Daily Minimum so I guess I need to add a supplement or something to work on that.

I have been using Nutrimirror as my food and exercise journal for 2 weeks and I’ve lost 2 pounds, slow and steady like the experts recommend.

What system do you use to keep yourself in line? Leave a comment below – let me know what you use and why it works for you.