Keeping a Food Journal

July 6, 2012

As post-bariatric surgery patients, we need all the tips and tricks we can get to make the lifestyle changes after surgery easier to manage. It can be hard to keep track of caloric intake by memory, so using a food journal or digital application to track your dietary consumption is easy and important.

Keeping a food journal is also a great way to keep yourself accountable for your dietary choices. Looking back at the end of the week, you can see where you stumbled and even figure out why you stumbled. Was it a bad day? A stressful situation? Or maybe just a moment of weakness. No matter what the cause, knowing it can help you avoid the same situation in the future.

There are also many applications for smartphones that can be very useful and offer automatic calculations of calories and nutrition just by entering the type and quantity of food eaten. These same apps offer a way to track your exercise to see how many net calories were consumed during the day. These can help you make sure that you are balancing your caloric intake properly and not exercising too much.

Keeping a food journal – written or digital – can help you figure out how many calories you’re ingesting and offer a way to modify your diet based on the results. Further, keeping a food journal can be very helpful if you ever experience mild or moderate weight regain, as your surgeon and dietician can analyze the journal and make changes or recommendations. Just remember to be honest – it may be tempting to “forget” a few items, but that doesn’t help you in the long-run. Your food journal is also tangible proof of the healthier lifestyle you’re leading, which can motivate you through tough times and challenges.

Starting a food journal is easy: search your smartphone for an app or use one of the hundreds of free or paid resources online. No matter which of these resources you use, you will be happy that you kept track of your progress.

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