Keeping a diet journal has been proven to provide long-term weight loss and maintenance of the HCG regime. Now, where should you start?
Once you have your HCG diet journal, you should log every piece of information into it. Every time you eat or drink, record everything. These include:
- What kind: Write down what you ate and drank. Please be as specific as possible. Make sure you write down all extras, such as sauces, toppings, condiments, or dressings.
- What time: This may seem unnecessary and troublesome, but this can be very helpful. Keep track of the time and day you eat and drink and also how often you eat.
- To whom: Write “alone” if you eat by yourself. If you are with friends or family members, write their names. List any activities you do while eating or drinking in this column. You might be working, watching TV, or playing a game.
- Where: Make a note of the place where you eat. For example, in the kitchen, at the dining table, in your bedroom, or on the sofa. Note the name of a restaurant if you are out.
- What’s your mood: Write your mood when you eat and drink. Have you been sad, happy, or bored? Mood can influence when and what you eat.
Tips to start an HCG diet journal
- Choose a diet journal that works best for you and stick with it. There are many options available online. You can choose from online or mobile apps, but many dieters prefer the old-fashion method- the pen and paper thing. Try an online food journal if writing down everything isn’t as easy as you thought, but it’s fine to use a more convenient method. The key here is, you log everything you eat and drink.
- Don’t overlook portions. You will be surprised at how much one serving actually is when you keep a food journal. Be sure to take note of serving size information on packages. Adding calories when you have an extra cookie to your meal could affect your calorie intake by 25 to 100 calories.
- Never cheat. Keep accurate records during the HCG diet. Taking advantage of your food log will only result in you cheating yourself and your health. Keep a food journal and hold yourself accountable.
- Log as soon as you finish eating. Once you are finished eating, log it immediately. Don’t wait until the end of the day because you are likely to forget what you ate earlier in the day, such as a cracker in the middle of the day or a fruit juice for lunch. Immediately log in after you eat.
- Keep track of all the foods and beverages. An ideal way to track your food intake and beverage intake is by keeping a food journal. Log what you eat and drink. Aim for 8 glasses of water each day or 64 ounces. Fruit juices, tea, and coffee are extras and should not be counted as water intake.