For many people, a food tracker is a highly personal journal of their health and lifestyle. With this one tool you can track your weight, diet, nutrient intake, exercise and movement. When properly kept and up to date this can be a powerful tool to view your overall health and wellness. With the different charting and graphing features that are often included with tracking software, you are able to see changes over time as well as nutrient charts that can let you know if you are getting too much or too little of some important nutrients.
These tips will help you reach your goal weight and establish healthy eating habits.
- Drink plenty of water. Set a goal of drinking at least eight glasses of water a day. Adequate hydration is not only an important part of any diet plan, it’s necessary for overall health.
- Get plenty of rest. Studies show that people who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to be overweight. Invest in at least eight hours of sleep every day.
- Eat more plants. Fruits and vegetables are low in calories and high in nutrients. Use a mobile calorie tracker to keep track of your snacks and meals and try to include as many fresh fruits and vegetables in your daily diet as possible.
- Whole grains are your friends. Processed grains are deprived of their fiber and nutrients. Incorporate whole grains into your diet for optimal health.
- Move! Use a exercise tracker to keep track of your workouts. Aim to get some exercise every day. You don’t need to run a marathon. But our lives have become sedentary. Try to walk for a half hour to boost your metabolism and increase energy.
- Don’t starve yourself. Try to space meals and snacks throughout the day so that you don’t let yourself get too hungry. When that happens, you’ll be tempted to overeat. Keep your blood sugar stable and cravings at bay by eating regularly. Use a mobile food journal to plan keep track of your meals and snacks.
- Stock up on healthy choices. Keep fresh fruit or vegetables, lean proteins and whole grain snacks readily available. When you get hungry, you’ll have a healthy option ready to go.
- Indulge in favorite treats. We’re all human. Don’t tell yourself that you’ll never eat another bite of candy. If you love dessert, allow yourself the occasional small portion. By permitting yourself the occasional treat, your diet is more likely to become a healthy habit and something you can integrate into your lifestyle.
About the Author
Ryan Newhouse is a longtime health writer, avid cyclist and general outdoorsman. He has traveled extensively and appreciates sourcing local ingredients for healthy meals and drinks.