We take a data-driven approach towards fitness at BHP. This means that we like to be as objective as possible about measuring progress, regardless of what the goal is. For someone with a dietary goal, the first question we ask is “what are you eating now?”
For many people, we get the response – “I eat well!” They then talk about what a typical breakfast or lunch looks like for them. Often no mention of dinner. Often no mention of the weekends.
We ask people to diet log for a week or two, and the hesitancy around doing this is amazing! People really don’t want to do it. But you need to do it, and the reason why is simple: goals are never attained by accident. They require planning, effort, and constant checking in on progress. This is how you ensure that you are going to achieve your goals. When you stick with the plan, you win!
What is diet logging?
Diet logging is simply the act of recording what you eat. There are three main venues for doing this: apps, photos, and good ol’ pen and paper. They each have their advantages and disadvantages, but the key is that you use whatever works best for you. If you don’t do it, it’s not going to work.
Things you definitely should be recording:
- What food you are eating
- How much you are eating of each item
Things you might also consider recording:
- Total calories
- Total macros
- Time you ate
- Emotional state when you ate
Obviously, it is easier to start out more simply and then add things on as you build up the habit. The important thing is to record EVERYTHING that you are putting in your body. The good, the bad, and the ugly all have to go in there to get an accurate view of what you eat. Only recording the best days / meals won’t help when you can’t figure out why you are not hitting your goals.