Writing Your Way to Weight Loss
The power of keeping a medical weight loss journal
The concept of keeping a travel journal is wildly popular, and has been for centuries. There is something about being abroad that makes us want to chronicle our voyages, track our thoughts and capture every moment so we can relive them later on.
Your weight loss journey is one of the most personal voyages you will ever embark on. Keeping a journal during the weight loss process can help you stay on track, keep a clear mind and look back on your progress as you work towards your ultimate weight loss goal. That is why they are considered by many to be such complementary tools for your medical weight loss program.
Food Log vs. Weight Loss Journal
There is so much more to a weight loss journal than simply logging what you eat. So much thought goes into every bite that you eat—this is just the way our brains are wired.
When you have a craving or impulsively order dessert, it is unlikely that you’re doing it without any thought going into the decision. Sometimes the thought process is slow and deliberate, and other times it might be rash and imperfect. Tracking these thoughts can help you develop better insight into why you are making certain dietary decisions.
Writing down stressful situations, emotional hardships and other factors like excitement and fatigue might help you detect a pattern that leads to overeating. Next to that, you can track how often you are exercising by writing down the type of exercise you did on a given day and how long you did it.
Here are a few tips to consider when keeping a medical weight loss journal:
- Don’t skip: Only writing down the good or the bad can skew your weight loss journal. Write down all of your information every day, and don’t hold back.
- Be truthful: Who do you think you are lying to? Can you hide the truth from yourself? You know what you’ve actually eaten—there is no point in misconstruing the facts. Write down the whole truth every day.
- Draw connections: You might notice that you don’t sleep well on Sunday nights, and Monday you end up having a headache, eating an oversized lunch and skipping your workout. When you start to see connections like this, try changing bad habits to boost your weight loss efforts.
A weight loss journal can offer a comprehensive overview of your weight loss progress. When you have your dietary habits and exercise goals written down next to a log of stressful situations and other emotional factors it could become easier for you to understand just how much your lifestyle is affecting your ability to lose weight.