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New Year, New Me is an ongoing series about getting healthy and staying healthy. Read the introduction article HERE, goal setting HERE, and drinking water/being active HERE.

This New Year, New Me article is all about tracking your food.

When you’re making lifestyle changes to be healthier, tracking your food is key! When you are keeping track of everything you put in your body, you become vastly aware of all the good–and the not so good–that you eat every day. I’ve read various articles about the impact of eating right on weight loss and learned that between 60-75% of weight loss comes from your diet! So without a healthy diet, it would be hard to succeed!

Some key points when it comes to meal planning and tracking what you eat are:

  • Don’t skip meals–especially not breakfast!
  • Eat smaller portions, more frequently. This helps keep your metabolism up.
  • Plan your meals. Personally, I struggle with weekly planning. However, I have great success with planning 2-3 days of meals at a time. Don’t overwhelm yourself with trying to plan an entire week or month when planning a few days at a time works just as well.
  • Eat lean proteins, whole grains and lots of fruits and vegetables.

When it comes to tracking food, I use My Fitness Pal on my iPhone. There are many features I love about My Fitness Pal which are highlighted in this article about weight loss apps. When you input your weight, activity level, and goal of weekly weight loss, My Fitness Pal lets you know how many calories you should eat daily to reach your weekly weight loss goal. Remember–to maintain a healthy weight loss, you should aim to lose 1-2 lbs a week! Aim to eat at least 1200 calories daily, no matter how much you’re trying to lose!

This advice is not from a medical professional and shouldn’t be substituted for talking to your doctor.