Step 4 with Real Appeal: Track your calories. “Studies show that tracking your food intake can actually double your “weight loss” efforts (this is a stat worth repeating!).”
They really do write in the book “(this is a stat worth repeating!)”
I think anyone that has a weight problem has experienced ups and downs. I myself have tried multiple diets some not so good for me. Normally when I diet, I start using MyFitnessPal which is very helpful for saving meals and creating recipes. It is also nice because it is free! It was also easy to tell when I was on a crash diet because it would let me know I was not eating enough. The app is not happy with full day fasts or juice cleanses.
So anyways, I am back on MyFitnessPal and trying to track my calories. The deceptively “simple tricks” described by Real Appeal are:
- Log every bite, lick or sip – In other words, don’t lie to yourself. Don’t eat it if you can’t make yourself log it.
- Specify type and quality – Once again, don’t lie to yourself. Get to know how 1/2 cup of rice looks versus 1 cup – it’s a difference of 100+ calories (5% if you are 2,000 calories/day).
- Log it ASAP – The longer you wait, the more you will forget and the higher chance that you will pass your calories before you realize it.
- I don’t like their phrase on this one so I will rephrase it to: “Do your best” – do not allow inaccuracy concerns to keep you from tracking