To Track or not to Track: Why it's important and what you should track.

In this article I aim to highlight why tracking your food is important and expand upon what you should track and why you should track it.

In order for us to make an adjustment, we first need an awareness, a certain amount of knowledge that allows us to navigate forward in the most efficient way.

This is what tracking/ journaling your food allows you to do. Map out a plan and follow the route as closely as possible, making adjustments along the way.

Let's say for example you are driving to a friends house and you are going the wrong way, until you are made aware of your misdirection you wont change course, will eventually stray further away and may drive around for hours leading to frustration and even giving up (made more frustrating when other people are telling you you are wrong without much help redirecting you).

This is what a lot of people go through when dieting, they dont really know where they are going, how to get there, why they are going there and eventually end up lost and giving up.

No one likes getting lost, wasting time or feeling defeated enough to give up yet this is what we continually seem to do.

The solution of course is creating clarity. Accumulating as much knowledge as you need in order to make the journey as efficient and enjoyable as possible.

And that's why we recommend not only tracking what you eat, but how much you eat, when you eat, where you eat, and why you eat.

Below I will explain the significance of each and how it contributes a segment to your overall health.

1. Tracking What you eat.

Our body is reliant upon the energy we get from or food. Within our food there is macro and micro nutrient that we absolutely need in order to function in an optimal manner.

When we have a diet depleted of vitamins, minerals etc it will play a significant role in how you feel and how you look. Multiple studies have shown that our diet can influence our psychological as well as our physiological well being and we don't need to look far to see how what we eat influences how we look.

Our body is in a constant cycle of breaking down tissue (metabolic) and rebuilding tissue (Anabolic) aka our metabolism and we use the building materials (Macro, micro nutrients) contained within food to facilitate this process.

Foods or diets depleted of adequate macro and micro nutrients stifles the bodies ability to repair and impairs function and can even lead to disease.

Does that mean you need to avoid Ice cream?

No, it means in addition to the ice cream you need to ensure you have met your body's requirements.

You are not here to be average, just getting by or operating in second gear we are here to fulfil our bodies potential therefore we want to provide it with what it needs, adequate fuel.

By journaling what you eat you create a picture of not only your preferences, but also what you are lacking and in some cases dieting may actually you require to simply eat more of certain things to achieve your goal before you drastically alter anything else.

2. Tracking How much you eat

Fat loss comes down to this equation:

Energy (KCAL) in must be lower than Energy out (KCAL).