Wednesday, 05 October 2011
I'm at the start of my own effort to lose weight, and, without fail, when I mention this to friends the advice eventually comes up to write down my meals. And my snacks. And my thoughts about eating.
A good friend of mine lost 25 pounds and swears by keeping track of her food. "It really helps you monitor and therefore moderate what you eat."
I understand the reasoning. Change doesn't happen without awareness. However, I take issue with the food diary.
I feel that it plays into obsessive thinking—and perhaps that's just my psychology about it. I understand some people don't see any trouble in writing down everything that goes into their mouth. I just see it as unnecessary punishment while trying to live your life.
I feel that when one is trying to make healthier life choices, this impulse is carried with them throughout the day, and pops up when the time comes to decide between a doughnut and yogurt in the afternoon.
But maybe I'm wrong. Maybe it does take this much detailed effort.
What do you think? Is writing down everything you eat a helpful or harmful aid when trying to lose weight?