Keeping a food diary is an important first step when losing weight. Awareness and accountability are critical components of healthful eating and weight loss. Keeping a food diary raises your awareness of your diet, gives you control of your eating habits and helps you lose weight.
When starting a food diary, it is important to find a format that works well for you. Some options include a notebook, smart phone application or website, such as Lose It!, MyFitnessPal or SparkPeople. Many cell phone applications and websites have a database of nutrition values to help you accurately record and track your intake.