Friday, June 9, 2017

What I Learned Tracking My Food For a Week

Yesterday I talked about some of my tips for tracking your food. It's one of the most annoying things to do when you're trying to lose weight or get healthy, but it's also one of the most effective tools you have. I thought today I would tell you what I learned from tracking my food for a week.

I actually know how to eat.
I'm not talking about just ingesting food. I could probably medal in that. But I mean eating good food, food that fuels your body. I look at how many calories I eat in a day (about 1,800), which is a lot more than I ate when I did Weight Watchers (about 1,200), but all my meals have at least one veggie and a protein in them. I'm eating good carbs like whole wheat English muffins and Jasmine rice when I do eat carbs. I snack a lot less. Overall, I actually eat fairly healthy.

My downfalls are sweet tea and Cookout.
No one needed to tell me those were my downfalls. Well aware, trust me. But I didn't know how bad it is. And it's real bad! My favorite Cookout tray and drink weighs in at 1,600 calories. One thousand six hundred. I usually eat about 1,800. That's a crap ton of empty calories! The sweet tea alone is 400! Does this mean I'm giving them up? Heck no! I just know to eat them when I've worked out a lot that day and to plan to eat really well the rest of the day.

Just in case you were wondering...

I eat a high fat and protein diet. And my body likes it!
My Fitness Pal breaks out your macros for you. My friend Jen showed me a hack to do the more complicated macros, but I decided I wasn't ready for all that. So I stick to the three pots they give you - fats, carbs and protein. The goals MFP set for me at 50% carbs, 30% fats, 20% proteins. Most days I've been about 40% carbs (give or take) and then the fats and proteins fluctuate, but they are higher.

When you're tracking your food, I think it's important to analyze your eating habits once in a while. Are you eating actual food? Are your calories made up of fruits, veggies, whole grains and meats? Or are you eating snack food and diet food? I lived off 100 calorie snacks and frozen meals when I did Weight Watchers and when I was in grad school. I thought that was healthy eating. And those are decent substitutes once in a while, but they aren't good calories. They aren't going to keep you full. Look at your food, see what you're eating and see if you can find ways to make it better. Once you know how to eat, tracking just becomes a tool you use to get you back on track. Not the end all, be all. If you're using MFP, you can link up with me at scdavenport85. Happy Friday folks!

1 comment:

  1. I haven't really tracked my food consistently like this before, but I am always astounded at how many calories are in fast food. Like a chicken quesadilla, really?! It is a little motivation to find a good recipe for it at home for me. Don't even talk about the milkshakes that are way too delicious!