|Daily log of food consumed|
The very next article I wrote was about keeping a food journal - and the various resources available online. My favorite resource for tracking calories consumed is My-Calorie-Counter. Initially, I used this resource extensively to figure out what I should be eating, and how much I should be eating in a day.
Both these resources have helped me to reach most of my fitness goals. Of course, keeping track of a food diary is not practical on a daily basis. It is something we should do for 1 or 2 weeks, and then use that knowledge to guide us for the rest of the way. Since we tend to go astray after some time, it's a good idea to come back to the food journal every few months to keep ourselves in check.
I felt that I have started slacking off, so I decided to go back to my food logging. The difference this time is that I decided to go one step beyond the traditional food journal. I decided to add a visual element to the journal, by taking pictures of everything I eat for a period of 1 week.
|The log includes break-down of macro-nutrient composition (proteins, carbs and fats)|
I added an extra dimension to the visual food diary, by keeping a companion EXCEL spreadsheet that accurately tracks each item, and gives me an analytical breakdown of calories consumed, and the breakdown of the macro-nutrients.
|Tracking nutrition data of each food item.|
After 1 week of planning, and tracking my food intake, I must say that the experiment was a success.
|The visual journal helped me to visualize what I should eat.|
This visual food journal will help me immensely in future. Whenever I find myself going astray, I can just pull out the journal and correct my eating pattern. The photos give me a reference of how the food should look, and the quantity to be consumed.
It's a great tool, and highly recommended to anyone who is serious about their health.