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If you feel like you’re eating all the right things and have the motivation to lose weight yet the numbers on the scale aren’t moving in your favour, you may benefit from keeping a food diary.

Studies have shown that people who track their food intake are likely to lose twice as much as people who don’t.

With apps like MyFitnessPal taking all of the confusion out of tracking your food, here are four reasons why you should keep a food diary.

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It Helps You Make Smarter Food Choices

Keeping a food diary allows you to see what you are putting in your body every day – how many carbs, how much sugar, how many fats, etc.

Once we start to take notice of how little or how much of each nutrient and macro we are consuming, we are able to pinpoint which food needs to be eliminated from our diet, and which foods we need to start eating more.

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It Helps You Realise Trends

While we naturally think that our meals are the largest calorie contributors, keeping track of all the snacks that we eat throughout the day can help us identify where and why we are not losing weight.

You may be eating 500+ empty calories in snacks per day without knowing it. Once you start keeping a food diary, these extra calories will add up and tell you the full story.

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It Holds You Accountable

When you start tracking what you eat, you will start to think twice about indulging in the extra chocolate snack. Knowing what you are really putting in your body will give you a new perspective on food and healthy eating.

A lot of us mindlessly eat throughout the day, and what keeping a food diary does is makes you aware of your unhealthy habits.

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It Helps You Pass Roadblocks

Keeping a food diary will help you connect the dots and figure out what you can do to reach your goals.

If you have hit a weight-loss plateau and the numbers on the scales aren’t changing, being able to look at your food diary and adjust accordingly from there will make your decisions in the kitchen easier.

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