Managing a Healthy Diet : Concepts of a Food Diary

Managing a Healthy Diet : Concepts of a Food Diary


Hi, I’m Brenda Thompson, registered dietitian
and owner of Life Skills Nutrition. This segment I’m going to talk about keeping a food diary.
Research shows over and over again that people who log their food intake are much more successful
at losing weight and keeping it off than those who do not keep a food diary. It is important
to consider recording the following information in your food diary. You want to include your
meal, the number of meals. Maybe if it’s breakfast that might be your first meal of the day,
and you might have a snack that would be your second meal. You want to include the time
of day that you eat. The second thing that you want to record is the food type, whether
it is a bagel or nuts, you want to include that. Along with food type, you might want
to include the brand or the restaurant that you ate at. Then next you want to include
the amount of food, which is a cup, a teaspoon, a tablespoon, or ounces. The next thing you
want to record is how many calories you consumed or your dietitian might help you understand
a hunger fullness scale. The last thing that you want to record is what is your motivation
for eating. Sometimes people are motivated by hunger, other times they might be motivated
by being tired, bored, depressed, or happy. Recording this information brings awareness
to the individual, and it hold the person accountable, and assists the dietitian in
making weekly suggestions for improving lifestyle changes along the way.