Many of our members have goals that require some effort outside of the gym. Key areas to look at are recovery, rest between training sessions, and diet. Diet is one of the most important factors in achieving a fitness goal since it affects every other area of fitness.
Many people find working on their diet to be a daunting challenge, but there are many easy steps that we can take to begin to make improvements. The first step in any diet plan is to figure out what you are already eating, and that means keeping a diet log!
There are many ways to keep a diet log. You can write down everything you eat on a piece of paper or in a notebook. Some of us use the memo app in our phones. There are TONS of diet tracking apps for both Apple and Android phones to help you track what you are eating as well. Another tried and true method used by dietitians is to take a photo log of your food by snapping before and after pictures of each meal that you eat.
An important thing to point out about diet logging is that you should not alter the way you normally eat while logging. Sure, you may think twice about eating a snack if you have to write it down, but if it’s something you usually eat then it is important that you just go ahead and eat like you normally do. Just make sure to log it! You may find that some of your snacking habits are not as bad as you think they are, or that other factors about your meals are the real things you need to change. Just be honest and go about your normal life.
We challenge each of our members to make a commitment to keep two separate 3-Day Diet Logs during the month of May. One should be over the middle of the week and the other should encompass the weekend. These two logs should be able to give you a complete picture of what you eat over the course of a week. If you want to take the challenge further, then you should try to keep a log for 2 weeks straight! See if you can build a habit of logging your food and what you notice about that process. It’s a key early step to fixing up your diet!