Diet and Nutrition

Benefits of Maintaining a Food Diary

Written by
Dr. Krystel Quadros
and medically reviewed by Dr. Sneha Kannan

Published on Jul 24, 2019   -  1 min read

Abstract

Abstract

Maintaining a food diary these days is very crucial. It helps you track your food intake and control your portion size.

Benefits of Maintaining a Food Diary

Following are the benefits of maintaining a food diary:

1) Helps You Achieve Your Weight Loss Target:

When you note down everything you consume in your food diary, you are less likely to consume foods that are unhealthy. You become extra conscious of what you are consuming.

2) Helps You Keep a Check on the Total Calories Consumed in a Day:

Maintaining a food diary enables you to track the total number of calories that you consume in a day. You can also note down the total amount of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, micronutrients, and macronutrients consumed in the entire day and analyse if you are lacking in any particular nutrient.

3) Helps You Track for Any Missing Food Groups in Your Diet:

Writing down daily helps you analyze which food group is missing from your diet. For example, after analyzing your food diary, you might notice that you might not be consuming a particular food group for example curd, due to which you might have a bad gut flora.

4) Helps You Note down Your Exercise Regime and Water Intake:

Not only can you write down your total food intake, but you can also write the number of glasses of water you consume per day and about your daily activity. For example, if you go for a 45-minute walk early in the morning, you can note that down too in your diary. It helps you track if you have been regular while performing exercises or not.

5) Helps You Detect Any Food Intolerance:

You can note down how you feel when you consume a particular food group. For example, if you feel nauseated constantly after a few hours of drinking cow's milk, you might be lactose intolerance. Or if you feel bloated after consuming food items made up of wheat like bread, you might be gluten intolerant.

6) Helps You Keep a Note About Your Stress or Anxiety Levels:

Sometimes when you are stressed, you tend to binge on certain food items like chocolates or sugary foods. You can write down episodes of how you felt when you ate that particular food. Sometimes due to exam stress or post-break-up stress, you might tend to start overeating the wrong thing emotionally.

I hope you really loved reading this article on the benefits of maintaining a food diary and would definitely maintain one.

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