Should I log my food?
This is a common question, but like with most things in life, the answer is: it depends.
Our Paladin Nutrition program has members that log their food, and don’t log their food. As a nutrition coach, it’s my job to determine what will be best for you right now. About 50% of my clients right now have an action step that includes logging their intake. I’ve even prescribed a client to not track anything for 2 weeks, because I felt she would be served well with a break from it.
Ultimately, we want people to learn what ideal portions and healthy meals look like for you- the individual. Our mission is to help you develop new and sustainable habits that you can use for the rest of your life. I don’t know about you, but I don’t believe logging every single meal for the rest of my life is sustainable. And honestly, that’s kind of a sad thought.
However, it can be extremely helpful for a couple reasons- to get an accurate picture of your current intake, and to start to learn what an appropriately portioned meal looks like. The old saying “you can’t change what you don’t track” holds some water. If you start following the plate method, address your food quality, and aren’t yet moving toward your goals, whether it be to lose weight or gain muscle, it might be time to start logging.
It’s important to understand that if you do decide to log, it needs to be accurate. You will need to measure your food, either with a scale or measuring cups/spoons. It won’t help you to log 1 serving of peanut butter when in reality you has 3.
So yes, sometimes logging your food can make a big difference. Just be sure to do it the right way, and think of it as a tool to help you learn how to estimate portions in the future. And don’t become obsessive about it, that’ll just lead to frustration and misery.
If you need help reaching your weight loss or performance goals, consider enrolling in our Individual Nutrition Coaching program.