Updated: Jun 19, 2019
Why would you need to track your food, you ask? I can easily list 4 reasons why:
No, I am not going to tell you that tracking is the only way of life and it is the only way we will lose weight, build muscle, or whatever your goal might be. That would be a lie, because there are a million ways to do these things. So, why track? It's simple; we need to understand the food that we are eating. I will give you a quick example: when you get home from the gym and get out the protein for a quick shake, are you filling that scoop to the top? Chances are, unless you have tracked before, that’s a yes. Did you know that filling the entire scoop is usually 1.5 servings? That means that you are actually having 1.5x the protein written on the label. Think about how much faster you will go through that container of protein now! That takes the 50 serving container of protein down to around 33 servings. That’s money you could be saving and using somewhere else.
The little things add up
Are you really eating as well as you think you might be? Do you ever have times when you go in the pantry and just have one cracker because no one is around? How about a kombucha drink because it's labeled as “healthy”. Did you know that there are two servings in most kombucha drinks and there can be 15g-25g of carbs in a bottle? Now, this might not seem like a lot, but it is important to note this. Without looking at labels, sometimes it is forgotten that drinks like this have calories too! Without tracking, how could you really know what you are taking in during a day?
Understand food and your body
In general, tracking will help you understand foods. There are a lot of people who do not realize that nuts are mostly fats and fruit has a lot of carbs! In order to be able to intuitively eat, we really need to understand what we are putting into our bodies and how it affects us. Are you getting tired around lunch? Maybe there is something that you are eating that digests too fast! It’s really hard to pinpoint one consistent problem if we are not writing it down. When we break it down, foods react differently in our bodies. One person might be okay eating gluten but has a lactose intolerance that they never realized. Tracking food goes so far beyond just reaching an aesthetic goal; it could really help you feel better each and every day.
Reach your body goals (Performance, Health, Aesthetic)
If you are striving to reach an aesthetic goal, performance goal, or just overall health, tracking your food could really help you achieve your goal quickly and without the short cuts of some “diets” out there. It is really tempting to read an article about how someone lost 20 pounds in only 4 weeks but this could also cause a load of other problems in the body like metabolic adaptation, adrenal fatigue, or even vitamin deficiencies due to undereating. We want to take the best care possible of our bodies since we only have one, and the best way to do this is to adequately fuel them! Give your body what it wants: good food, water, and sleep!