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Keeping a food journal can help you lose more weight and help you maintain your target weight. A 2008 study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine shows that keeping an accurate food journal results in twice as much weight loss. The relationship between journaling and weight loss is still being studied by other experts.

But how can a food journal help you be more successful in losing weight and what exactly is the relationship between journaling and weight loss?


An accurate record of what and how much you are consuming reinforces the good habit of mindful eating and strengthens Willpower when faced with temptation. Sharing your food journal with a lifestyle coach provides support and accountability to an outside source, further increasing success.

Mindful Eating

Recording our food intake both on a diet and for Lifestyle Maintenance makes us aware of what and how much we are eating. If we are not eating enough we can store calories by having a low metabolism. Eating the wrong foods that cause us to store calories in the form of fat or even the wrong kinds of foods with high carbohydrates and sugars and too many calories all can be managed easily by keeping a Food Journal.

Accurate Food Portions

Measuring our food while on a protocol to lose or maintain or target weight is very important. Recording the amount of food supports the good habit of measuring the correct portions so that we are more compliant with our protocol or diet and therefore more successful in our weight loss or maintenance.

Emotional Or Stress Eating

Recording in our Food Journal when we are under stress or challenged by our emotions will help us to identify stressors and then allow us to substitute an alternate response to reduce stress, in place of food.

What are the secrets to keeping a Food Journal?

  • Be Honest – this is for your success
  • Record as you go – journaling reinforces strong willpower and good new habits
  • Measure your portions – be specific!
  • Record emotions or stressors – recording helps identify stress eating and helps us to create a different response
  • Share and discuss your food journal with your lifestyle coach – this helps create self esteem, strong willpower, and good habits

Ideal Protein uses food journaling along with a fat burning protocol to successfully lose weight and keep it off. Have more questions about journaling and weight loss? Join us at a free informational workshop to learn about Ideal Protein and how it works!