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The Benefits of Keeping a Food Journal

Fitness expert “K” Koroma of MaxFit, LLC shares advice on counting calories, healthy eating and more.
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Do you ever feel like your urges to eat certain food take control over you logic not to?  Do you ever feel as if your emotions drive when and how you eat? When exercising and trying to stay focused with both your healthy eating regiment and your fitness routine, sometimes we make excuses to ourselves for eating the wrong food. For instance, you may say to yourself, “I worked out today so I can reward myself with something I know I shouldn’t eat.”

If this is you or you’ve answer yes to any one of these questions the answer for how to stay in control may be with a food journal. A food journal can not only help you with staying consistently in control over what you eat while exercising, but can also help you recognize emotional issues dooming your weight-loss efforts. Changing your thought processes changes your behavior and keeps you feeling positive about your results.    A lot of our BWDW Sisters are using our FREE food journal with our FREE meal plan to help them to eat only when  hungry, watch portion sizes, and by  writing down how they felt gives a bigger picture for what is really going on so they feel both full and satisfied with their decisions.

Why Food Journals Work

Food journals not only help you feel in control but it also gives you more accountability by helping you increase your awareness for where those extra calories are coming from.  You can also share your food journal with someone as an extra source of support. When what you eat is written down, you can clearly see what areas of your diet are consuming the most calories and make the necessary adjustments if needed.

To read more about why food journals are beneficial and to download the free Black Women Do Workout meal plan and food journal, click HERE.