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How to Use a Diet Diary for Better Weight Loss

Aug 11, 2008
Diets like Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers and Nutrisystem offer a diet and fitness diary with their plan. Before you throw it away with the packaging, you might want to take it out and try using it for awhile. These journals are great tools for your weight loss success.

1. Record the foods you eat. There are a number of reasons for doing this while you are on a diet such as Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, or Nutrisystem. For one thing, you can keep track of which foods you enjoy most. When you are ready to buy the next round of foods on the diet, it helps to know what foods you can tolerate.

Another reason to record your food choices for the day is to keep track of how much you are eating. Without notes about the amounts of food you are taking in each day, you might tend to overeat or eat too little regularly. You might realize that you are doing it once in awhile, but the diet diary will show you if there is a pattern.

You will also want to know when you eat your foods. If you write down when you have your Nutrasystem, Jenny Craig, or Weight Watchers meals and snacks every day, you will regulate your eating better. The diet plans work best if you eat small meals and snacks throughout the day. You might tend to eat most of your foods in the mornings or save up and eat all your foods late in the day. If you record the times, you will be more apt to stay on schedule.

2. Record your exercise. The healthy diet plans encourage people to get active if they are medically able to do so. You can benefit from using a diary to record your progress. One way is to keep you on track to meeting your goals. Every time you swim an extra lap, you can write down your total. You will know when it is time to add another lap.

You can also use your Nutrasystem, Weight Watchers, or Jenny Craig diary to record your successes. If you want to be walking 3 miles a day, you can write down every milestone along the way to that goal. When you have accomplished the fitness level you wished, you can make a star in the journal celebrating that day.

3. Record your feelings. As you change your diet and exercise habits, you are sure to have strong feelings. You can write down in your diet diary when you have these feelings and under what circumstances they occur. This will help you to anticipate times when you are the most vulnerable to cheating. Remembering your feelings of happiness will carry you through many a difficult time when you are trying to lose weight.

If you choose to go on any of the most popular diets, you can use every bit of help that is offered. The diet and fitness journals available through Jenny Craig, Nutrisystem, and Weight Watchers can aid you in losing weight and celebrating your successes.
About the Author
Ron Subs works with Beauty Brief as a public relations consultant, more information about diets can be found at www.beautybrief.com
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