Vital Weight Loss Instruments
Learning where you are is essential in figuring out where you want to be. The EatingWell Diet is full of tools to help you on the way.
Keep a food diary: a place to record all the foods you eat, how much you eat, and when you eat, as well as a tally of the calories each item contributes. In The EatingWell Food Diary (click to download pdf) additionally there is space to jot down thoughts and feelings that contribute to your eating habits.
Why keep a diary? Being more self-aware helps tip you away and off to behaviors and calories that contribute to weight gain, and helps you break undesirable habits. By writing something down you become accountable for it, and that can be incredibly motivating. In fact, food diaries are so important, we consider them essential. Get yourself started on yours, and you’ll see why in just a day or two.
What is your weight now, and how far is it where you’d want to be? Most professionals determine healthy weight ranges with a calculation that takes both weight and height into account to give you a single number called a Body Mass Index (BMI) value. Knowing your waist dimension is also helpful, since studies show that people who have more fat around their abdomens have greater risks of heart disease and diabetes. If your waist dimension is over 40 inches (men) or 35 inches (women), your risks of developing health problems are increased, and losing some weight might help bring your numbers into a healthier range.