The reason I started exercising was to avoid this word—I loathe it—the word, “diet”… or even worse, the phrase, “on a diet.” Unfortunately, I find that the closer I get to 30, the harder it is to stay at a size I like without watching my diet. Gone are the days of eating 16 cookies in one sitting and never seeing it show on my body.
I’ve been visiting with a few different friends this week about what they’ve recently done to lose weight. It’s always insightful and fascinating to me to understand that what works for each person, is often very different for the next. At some point, food usually becomes part of the equation. Whether it’s just eat until you’re full, gluten free, dairy free, Isagenix or calorie counting, it is a factor for most.
As a T-Tapp Trainer, I don’t suggest dieting as a first plan of action. Rather, up your level of activity, learn the workout and feed your body adequately to support the building of new muscles. However, if you find yourself hovering just over your goal size, it may be time to take a look at your diet.
Have you ever kept a food diary?
I’ll be honest, I hadn’t really ever done this very well. Yes, occasionally for a day or two, but not faithfully. I decided to try this week logging everything I eat into a MyFitnessPal app for my cell phone. I was amazed at how eye opening this discipline is! The very first day I was over on fat and sugar by lunch, and I had tried very hard to be careful! It’s so easy to just eat twice as much as we need without even thinking about it.
Keeping a food diary is really like holding up a mirror to your eating habits.
The biggest complaint I hear about calorie counters from people who eat real, healthy foods, is that the suggested daily allowances are inaccurate. While that may be true, some places like FitDay, actually allow you to adjust those settings and allow more fat, etc…
Am I going to use this tool to starve myself at 1300 calories per day? Absolutely not! That would be way too little for me. I am mostly using this tool as a way to keep track of what I'm eating in an organized fashion.
Keeping track of your food intake can be a wonderful tool to show you where the extra size is coming from. Plus, if you get a friend to do it with you, it’s more than a little embarrassing to write, “5 cookies” when 1 or 2 would have been sufficient!
That's just the way I see it. I dare you to try it!
Kayla Howard is a stay at home wife and homeschooling mom who loves to teach the T-Tapp method of staying fit in 15 minutes a day from the comfort of your own home. She is a Biblical Health Coach and Senior T-Tapp Trainer, certified to teach all forms of T-Tapp. If you'd like to know more about becoming and staying fit and healthy, Kayla is happy to answer your questions! Send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website: www.kaylahoward.com