Subscribe to Onlymyhealth Newsletter
  • I have read the Privacy Policy and the Terms and Conditions. I provide my consent for my data to be processed for the purposes as described and receive communications for service related information.

Food journal : why you should keep one

Food journal : why you should keep one
Quick Bites
  • Food journal is a great tool for weight watchers.
  • It helps keep track of your eating habits.
  • It’s easy to maintain and provides great benefits.
  • It will make you self- aware and be a source of motivation.

Food journals are increasing in popularity as a tool to lose weight, and the good news is that it might actually work! Food journal is a place where you jot down what you eat, how much do you eat and when you eat it. It’s a great way to keep track of little nuances that we tend to pay little attention to.


writing journal


How to keep a food journal

Starting a journal needs minimal tools, you can start your own journal now just by noting down your last meal at any place you find comfortable. You can make notes in a notebook, your laptop, PDA’s or any mobile device.Start by writing down immediately when you have a meal that includes everything you eat, even if it is a small snack. Get involved in the process and note the amount and type of foods in detail. You can get creative and add different details which make the whole process interesting for you. You can write about how you feel after each meal, for instance having a light meal makes you feel energetic, whereas overeating tends to make you lethargic.Some people also tend to eat more when they are feeling low or depressed, these underlying habits can usually go unnoticed. Writing about it will increase your awareness about your eating habits.


So how does it work?

Increases awareness

The main idea of a food journal is to keep you involved and aware of what is going inside your body. Many people who  maintain a food journal have claimed that they sometimes avoid eating unnecessarily when they know that they will have to write about it.


Source of motivation

When you are answerable to someone about any activity, you tend to take the task more seriously. By maintaining a food journal, you become answerable to yourself, nothing goes unnoticed and everything is accounted for. This makes you more responsible about what you eat.


Sheds light on hidden diet patterns

This habit of keeping a journal will pinpoint small details and unravel hidden patterns about your diet. For example, if you are overeating, it might be because of long periods of starvation or maybe you are wondering what killed your appetite and you realize that you had a snack at the wrong time.


Keeps a track of nutrition value of your food

Noting down the required value of nutrients in the journal will help you eat right. People who are trying to watch their calorie intake will get an accurate outlook on how to divide the calories intake between different meals.



Image Source: Getty

Read more articles on Healthy Living

Written by
Tanushree Singh
Source: Onlymyhealth editorial teamMar 29, 2016

All possible measures have been taken to ensure accuracy, reliability, timeliness and authenticity of the information; however does not take any liability for the same. Using any information provided by the website is solely at the viewers’ discretion. In case of any medical exigencies/ persistent health issues, we advise you to seek a qualified medical practitioner before putting to use any advice/tips given by our team or any third party in form of answers/comments on the above mentioned website.

This website uses cookie or similar technologies, to enhance your browsing experience and provide personalised recommendations. By continuing to use our website, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. OK