In my last blog I talked about tracking calories burned through various fitness trackers, (MyZone belt, fitbit, smartwatches, etc.) As stated before, this helps you get an idea of your daily energy expenditure. Basically the amount of calories you burn in a given day. Like I said this can help you lose body fat by being in a calorie deficit. What I didn’t mention before though, is tracking the food you consume.
This is one of the most crucial aspects to your fat loss endeavors. Tracking the food you eat is key to making sure you are in a calorie deficit. Yet many of us struggle to do this as it is just not something we think about on a day to day basis. Which is ok, I myself need to do a better job of it too! Fortunately for us, technology can aid us now more than ever. So my friends out there who like using their phone and apps, I got just the thing for you!
For anyone with a smartphone you can head to the app store and download myfitnesspal. You can use the free version of the app to help you track and log your food. This will give you a better picture of the amount of calories you consume on a daily basis. For anyone with a fitbit tracker you probably already have the fitbit app. Which can serve the same purpose as myfitnesspal when logging your food. Maybe you don’t have a smartphone or prefer alternative methods. Then I suggest you get a small notebook and use that as your food log. Just write in the foods you consume throughout the day. This too can give you a better picture of your eating habits and help you make changes to your diet to improve your health. Regardless which method you choose, getting in the habit of tracking your food/calories will dramatically help you towards reaching your goals. Now let's get after it!