For the last 12 weeks, I have been doing a very specific training program that includes a very specific diet for very specific goals. I don’t usually track my carbs, fat, and protein…in fact, I don’t usually even track my food. It’s part of the beauty of 90/10 Nutrition. I just eat from the green tier and go on with my life! However, I wanted to do this program all out and follow all of the recommendations…so I tracked my food and worked to hit the right ratios along with making EVERY workout. It’s not the first time I have tracked my food, but doing it this time did remind me of how beneficial it can be to be really serious about tracking every once in a while. Here are some of the things that I learned and some of the things I recommend you do to make it work for you:
- I used myfitnesspal.com and the app on my phone. It has a HUGE database of food already in there so it’s pretty easy to enter what you ate. Just make sure you look at it to see if the numbers make some sense before using something from the database as it is all user entered and some of it is not verified.
- I had a good friend that was doing the same program with me and we BOTH tracked
and sent our results back and forth EVERY SINGLE DAY. We also got on each other’s cases when we were not hitting our numbers, trying to hide stuff, getting careless and not tracking, etc. An accountability partner is HUGE
- I was able to notice changes in how I felt and then go back and look and see if there was something that I ate that could contribute. For instance, I wasn’t feeling well one day and having gas and stomach issues…so I went and looked at my last two days for anything that could cause it and realized that, in an effort to hit my protein numbers, I had consumed WAY too much dairy without thinking about it. If I had not tracked my food, I could not have found that and fixed it
- Tracking your food helps force you to plan your food. Planning your food is one of the keys to success. If you know you have to hit those numbers in the app, you know you have to have things planned out. When things are planned out, you are WAY less likely to cheat or get careless.
Try planning out everything you will eat and enter it in myfitnesspal in the morning….then you have to change your food diary if you don’t eat what you have on your plan and have already entered!