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Keeping a Food Diary is a Healthy Practice

Author Tom    Category Fitness     Tags , , ,

Are you concerned about staying healthy and slim?  Are you packing on pounds and you do not know why?


Studies have shown that dieters who keep a food diary (also known as a food journal) are more likely to meet their weight loss goals then people who don’t. This is because keeping track of everything that you eat can help you notice when you might be mindlessly snacking.


Keeping a food diary may also your recognize any emotional problems that may be causing the person to overeat. You may be able to see what triggers you to do things like “stuff down your anger with food” or even eat just out of sheer boredom. By noting everything you eat in a diet diary or food journal, you’ll be able to see


Sometimes a doctor, such as an M.D. or a psychiatrist will ask you to keep a food diary so that they find out if anything that you are eating is triggering obesity. The same goes for certain types of fitness instructors, dieticians and nutritional counselors.


In your food diary you should include what you ate, what time you ate the food and where. Write down whether or not it was consumed in a restaurant, at home, or in your car. You also need to notate whether you were eating alone, with friends or sitting down at a family meal. Don’t forget to include everything that was included in the meal or snack. Don’t forget to include things such as salad dressing, butter, sour cream mayonnaises, sauces and gravies.


You should also describe what sort of mood you were in while you were eating. Were you feeling sad, happy or depressed or was it simply time to have a meal?


It also helps keep track of your water intake. You should be drinking eight glasses of water a day. Do not include tea, soft drinks or any other types of beverages as part of this accounting. Give yourself a pat on the back if you somehow manage to drink more than eight hours of water a day.


There are certain tricks to keeping a food diary successfully. For instance make sure that you carry your food journal with you wherever you go. Don’t depend on your memory to recall information about what you ate. The memory of a dieter tends to be very selective. Make sure you record what you are consuming as you go and you will be more mindful of what goes in your body.



More Quick Tips for Reducing Belly Fat

Author Jennifer    Category Fitness     Tags , ,

Trying to get rid of belly fat. Here some more tips for you!


Eat more potassium! Any drink high in potassium can help  sweep away high cholesterol and fat.



Drink V8 which is full of potassium. It also contains lycopene and lutein which are two phytochemical  that researchers have found can lower blood pressure. To take advantage of natural sources of this mineral try slicing a banana on your cereal.  You can also get plenty by baking two small sweet potatoes or by cooking up some spinach.  All of these foods are loaded with potassium.



You can reduce the narrowing of arteries by 46 percent, drop your blood pressure by more than 5 points and reduce arterial narrowing by 46 percent simply by eating a grapefruit a day.



Cut out the cold cuts.One slice of ham contains 240 milligrams of sodium.  This is more than eating a bag of chips. Lose this type of sodium intake and your blood pressure will drop.



A recent study found that most prehypertensive people found that when they reduced their daily sodium intake that they knocked nearly six points of their systolic blood pressure and close to 3 off of their diastolic.



If you just have a sub try to pack it with low sodium meats like turkey and roast beef and hold the pickle. Most pickles contain over 800 grams of sodium.

Yet another tip – stay away from canned or jarred food.  These types of packaged foods are packed with sodium.



If you are serious about your health then do not have more than two drinks a day.

Make the second drink that you have any night the last you will have.  However do not be afraid to have those two drinks.



In a landmark study published in the New England Journal of Medicine researcher found that one or two drinks a day actually decreased blood pressure slightly. However once you have three drinks your blood pressure is elevated by an average of ten points systolic 4 point diastolic.



The type of alcohol you drink does not matter. In fact you can order a healthy drink laid a screwdriver as it lowers blood pressure which in turn lowers potassium.  This way you can combine your vice with your virtue and do great things for your health.



You should also drink more tea. An American Heart Association study found that men who drank two cups of tea a day were 25 percent less likely to die of the disease than guys who never touched tea.