According to the USDA, people who are most successful at losing weight and keeping it off track their intake regularly.
Learn What You Currently Eat and Drink
Did you know that:
Identifying what you are eating and drinking now will help you see where you can make better choices in the future.
If you want to make changes to improve the way you eat and your body weight, the first step is to identify what you do now. This includes becoming more aware of:
People who are most successful at losing weight and keeping it off track their intake regularly. Tracking physical activity and body weight can also help you reach your weight goals.
Get started identifying what you eat and drink:
Stumbling Blocks: Concerned about identifying what you eat and drink? Here are some common "stumbling blocks" and ideas to help you overcome these barriers:
"I'm interested in using an online tool, but I don't have internet access every day."
If you don't have regular access to a computer, you can begin by simply writing down what, when, and how much you eat in a journal. Just writing down what you eat and drink helps you become more aware. When you are able to access a computer, you can enter several days of intake into the SuperTracker at once.
"It takes a lot of time to track my intake."
The fact is that tracking works. Find a way that you can track your intake that works for you – whether it be writing what and how much you eat and drink in a journal, your day planner, or your calendar. With the SuperTracker, you can develop lists of your favorite foods that can help you enter your intake more quickly.
"By the time I get to a computer, I've forgotten what I ate."
For tracking to work, it needs to be complete. If necessary, carry a food journal or log your intake on your smart phone. Logging what you eat immediately will help your tracking to be more accurate.
"I can identify what I ate, but have no idea of how to figure out how much I ate".
Measure out foods you regularly eat (such as a bowl of cereal) once or twice, to get a sense of how big your typical portion is. Also measure out what 1/2 or 1 cup portion size looks like to help you estimate how much you eat.
Check the serving size information on the Nutrition Facts label of packaged foods. It describes what the "standard" serving size is, and how many are in the package.
Use the grain, vegetable, fruit, dairy, and protein food galleries to see what sample portion sizes look like, and compare them to how much you ate.