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Why should I keep a food diary if I want to lose weight?

Manuel Villacorta
Nutrition & Dietetics Specialist

Keeping track of the foods you eat will clue you in to what kinds of foods you should be choosing for the remainder of the day or the week, and which ones you should probably skip for now. Just having this knowledge will motivate you to stay on the right track to losing weight.

Your attitude toward record keeping is very important to your success. It shouldn't be seen as a chore or a painful thing to do. Taking the time to do the record keeping is time for you. It's an investment in your weight loss. If there is a magic answer to weight loss, this is it. It's very straightforward. You do the record keeping, you lose weight. If you do half-assed record keeping, you will have half-assed weight loss. If you do it, you'll lose it. It's really that simple.

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