I'm always asked what app I used to lose 80 pounds.
If you're new here, I lost 80 pounds in 2009 walking and tracking in an app what I ate. Tracking, in my experience, was helpful for understanding serving sizes, learning about macronutrient (protein, fat and carbohydrate) balance and portion control.
The insight I personally gained tracking my food was invaluable! I gained valuable knowledge of how to balance my meals, snacks and day in order to reach my goals.
Fast forward to today, I'm still tracking my food. It's helped me maintain my 80 pound weight loss for many years! Watch the video for the app I used to lose 80 pounds and keep the weight off since 2009.
Note, this is not for those who have disordered eating or who have experienced obsessive eating habits in the past. The advice in this post is not meant to diagnose or treat. I'm simply sharing what's worked for me!
If you need individual support, schedule a free consult with me to discuss.
Tracking what you eat does not replace listening to your body. Your body gives you important hunger signals and fullness signals that you should always listen to no matter what diet or nutrition program you adhere to.
Some people are hyper focused on the numbers. This is not the objective of food tracking. The objective is to put slight bumpers on how much you eat so that you don't overeat certain foods.
I recommend you view tracking your food as an educational opportunity to learn better portion control as well as the macronutrient (protein, fat and carbohydrates) breakdown in your food so that you can make more balanced decisions when it comes to meals and snacks.
For example, it's easy to assume peanut butter has protein, when in reality it's a small amount of protein. To that end, most people place a large scoop of peanut butter (4-5 times the serving size) on their plate without realizing how much fat and calories it is. It adds up!
Reading food labels and eating according to serving sizes is something you learn when you track your food. The more you track, the greater your understanding of what you're eating. This allows you to create better habits!
Calories and WW points are meaningless because you can fill those numbers with junk foods or healthy looking processed foods like 100 calorie snacks filled with chemicals and hidden sugars.
Tracking macros is a clearly defines the bumpers. How much you should specifically eat of protein, fat and carbohydrates to reach your specific goals. Tracking macros is part of the curriculum in my group coaching program, Master Your Cravings.
Here's the thing about food tracking. Your results from it will only be as good as your mindset. If you always feels like a failure when you have one "off" day or meal, then you need to work on your mindset.
Healthy eating is a lifestyle and the 98% of the work I do with my clients in my group coaching and in my 1:1 transformation program is mindset. Teaching them how to NOT beat themselves up when they have a blip.
Everyone can stop. Not everyone can keep going!
5 Day Food Tracking Challenge
Want to get started with food tracking? Join the 5 day free food tracking challenge!
During this 5 day challenge you will:
- Increase your food confidence
- Boost your self-esteem and energy
- Feel empowered to transform your body
This is a Facebook challenge so if you're not a Facebook user this challenge is not for you.
During the challenge, you will receive 5 days of emails so you can gain confidence with food tracking and start losing weight.
When you sign up you get a free guide to get started with tracking now and access to my Facebook group where you will share and ask questions.
Are you up for the challenge? Can't wait to see you there!