Everyone who hires me as their coach has a similar starting point; they all agree to keep a food journal.
They are not all excited, however, to keep this food journal.
In fact, it’s probably one of the least popular assignments I give.
It’s generally met with some pretty automatic arguments.
…feels like a diet!
…it hasn’t helped before.
And these are all valid points.
So here’s my equally valid answer:
If you want to lose weight, or do any major work to change any aspect of your life, you need data.
You need to know where you are.
What you’re doing.
And which direction you’re headed in.
If weight loss is your goal, then writing down:
- what you eat,
- how hungry you were when you started,
- and how full you were when you stopped…
…these are some of the most important pieces of data you can collect.
Looking objectively at something you’re doing gives you clues.
And, like a good detective, you will use those clues to figure things out.
There’s only one big caveat here. And that is, whatever you eat, whatever you do, no beating yourself up about it.
Be gentle with yourself.
It’s just data.
Use it to make changes.