How to Use a Daily Food and Activity Diary
Self-monitoring plays a critical role in any weight management program. A daily food and activity diary can help you learn this important skill. With this excellent tool at your disposal, you can chart your food and fluid intake, record when you’ve consumed your nutritional food products and track the frequency and duration of your physical activity. Try these ideas with your food and activity diary:
- Plan your day. Each morning, write down what you plan to eat that day to develop a “food roadmap.” As you eat each item listed, place a checkmark next it to indicate you’ve consumed it. Used as a daily planner, your diary will keep you from straying off course.
- Monitor your intake. Compare your entries against your meal plan to make sure you’re eating a balanced diet. If you notice you’re not meeting all your food requirements, the diary will help you get back on track.
- Keep score. In addition to monitoring your food intake, use the diary to keep track of your fluid intake and daily exercise.