Topic of the Day April 12 - Does journaling/logging food help you or hurt you?

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woox2

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Posted: 11 Apr 2012, 23:02
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Chyldblue

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Posted: 12 Apr 2012, 08:30
I don't consider myself a compulsive eater or to have an eating disorder...I just happen to really enjoy food to the point of excess! I think that by logging my food into Fat Secret, it provides a level of personal accountability that was absent before. I think about food more, but in a way that I believe is healthy and responsible. It also makes me even more aware of the amount of calories my body requires versus how much I was previously providing it. All in all, I think logging food has been beneficial for me.
mariposamour

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Posted: 12 Apr 2012, 09:03
I agree! But the trick is to get you conscious of what you're eating so you don't feel you need to anymore. I'm not there yet but I'm closer every time! Smile I also think it's beneficial.
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fatoldlady

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Posted: 12 Apr 2012, 09:43
Logging my food is what has made me successful and also a good education as to what and how much I should eat. I use to think that a salad bowl full of pasta covered in meat sauce a loaded with cheese was a seving. It turns out that contains more calories that I should have all day.
mars2kids

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Posted: 12 Apr 2012, 10:16
I agree with the above posts. I don't have tons of weight to lose, but I'm here because I want to be healthy and lose those few extra pounds. I think that logging my food and exercise here has been helpful for me to see what a serving really looks like and how much food I need and what I just eat because I want it. I think if you use this site to see how low you can get your calories, that is the wrong way to do it, but if you're truly logging to help yourself and see what a healthy calorie range is for you it works. I am a binge eater and have been dealing with that, but when I record everything here and see how unhealthy that is, and it helps me to resist that urge to binge. I hope people can find this site helpful and don't use it to hurt themselves or get down on themselves, but everyone has their own reason for being here.
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Soulnoid

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Posted: 12 Apr 2012, 10:56
All I can say is, I know when I do it, I do much better. When I get to the maintain step, I am not sure what I am going to do.
DebCinIL

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Posted: 12 Apr 2012, 12:10
Just keep logging, Soulnoid. I plan to. I have grown to depend on this "compass". When I don't I fall back into bad habits.
I am not on a diet - I have changed the way I eat.
TRosales

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Posted: 12 Apr 2012, 12:17
I think it helps....I logged 3 days pre change of lifestyle and I saw I was consuming 3 times the carbs I should and almost 4 times the recommended daily intake of sodium. That sure as heck kicked me into gear...as others, I know better and this will be my 2nd change of lifestyle the first I lost 30+ and then stopped now 6-7 yrs later I have to lose WAY more Sad Looks as if I wasn't only tripling my intakes....I love to be able to see every days entry so I can get used to knowing what a good meal or snack combo is so when I do reach goal it will be second nature.
I didn't get fat over night so I don't expect to get healthy that way either.
woox2

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Posted: 12 Apr 2012, 13:24
WOW! Those all good reasons to log - and it seems to boil down to personal accountability. A very important part of finally getting around to what got us here in the first place. And you are right, if you lie here, what's the point.

Personally, I can get so wound up in the details of all sorts of things - cleaning, organizing, etc., that I'm not sure if logging is a good thing for me or not.

At best I go in spurts of all the above listed tasks (and there's more where THAT list came from ) - so when I stop the white-knuckle control I've almost burned myself out. And that lends itself to me stopping everything related to that task. All or nothing thinking.

I'm afraid if I get too nitsy about the details I'll fall off of the boards completely when the 'rush' is over.

That's one of the reasons why this group is here. To always find a relevant discussion to participate in regardless of the mania of logging or the distancing from doing it.
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lakay333

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Posted: 12 Apr 2012, 13:36
For me I think it is actually hurting me. I personally need to gain weight (definitely underweight), and I rationalized it by saying that I would count calories to make sure I get enough. Now I find that I get my bare minimum calories, which is hard to do as it is, but avoid the foods that might get me to a healthy calorie level since it is so ingrained in me to limit the calories. So yes, I think counting calories has its place. However, if it makes you TOO obsessed with calories rather than healthy eating in general, it can be a problem.
NCNOLE

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Posted: 12 Apr 2012, 13:38
It works for me. I may be OCD about it at times. I know there are people out there with eating disorders and this could make it worse for them. I do eat out and estimate when I have to, but I prefer to have home cooked meals that I control. I log everything I eat and feel It makes me hold myself accountable and helps me plan better. It has helped me lose over 60 lbs. I've got 20-25 lbs. to go and then I plan to continue logging in maintenance. Once I feel comfortable with my weight, then I will probably look at logging just 3-5 days/week and then gradually wean myself off. I also plan to set a goal of keeping my weight in a specific range and if I exceed that, then I will plan to get back in the habbit of logging meals. If I maintain a "relationship" with fatsecret, then it should help keep me acountable long term. The other option I have is to mainly focus on eating vegetables and then controlling the other foods, so that I don't overeat. Maybe after the 5 year mark I'll be safe Smile I don't ever plan on gaining so much weight again. I will be anal about it if I have too and if that seems OCD, well then I will be a healthy, thinner person w/ OCD. I'm okay with that!
TRosales

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Posted: 12 Apr 2012, 13:52
@lakay333 here is a link to high calorie but still healthy foods hope it helps you
http://www.livestrong.com/article/34818-highcalorie-foods/
I didn't get fat over night so I don't expect to get healthy that way either.
Terrylm1

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Posted: 12 Apr 2012, 15:57
Logging what I eat everyday was definately an eye opener for me. I had ZERO idea how many calories I was eating on a daily basis. I thought that as long as I ate small amounts of sweets and pastas at a time, that it was okay. The problem was, that was ALL I would eat for the most part. I didn't eat a lot, but when that's all your diet consists of, then you're not going to look like a model. I've never been fond of veggies or even fruits, so logging all I eat doesn't only keep me accountable, but for the first time in my life, I'm actually aware of the nutritional information of what I'm eating.



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