Have you ever wondered how much you’re really eating? Have you ever thought that you weren’t being honest to yourself?
Personally, I didn’t think that. I thought I had my meals and snacks and because I’m a little more nutritionally aware than the general population, that that was that.
Until I started a meal diary, jotting down the types of foods I’m eating (I don’t always record the quantity), but also recording the time I’m eating, and how the day of eating made me feel (physically as that is why I’m recording – but that’s a different story).
I’m only a few days in, and the results are shocking!
I am a snacker. Full-fledged small bites to eat in a small time-frame. I previously thought that I had around 4-5 meals a day, but from what I’ve recorded i’m eating 6-8 times. and most of those are smaller snacks in and around my larger meals.
So what does this mean?
It means that I have more of an ability to over eat and give my body more energy than it needs. I.e I have more potential to gain weight than loose weight, purely because I am not controlling the energy consumption of each meal (I don’t track calories).
What can I do about it?
I can ensure that the larger meals I have satisfy me for longer periods of time (3-4 hours rather than 2 hours).
I could also add more structure to my day, so instead of grabbing a quick snack because I’m not sure when I’ll be eating next , I can roughly plan out when and what I’ll be eating.
If you think this is something you do, I recommend that you write down everything you eat. Also, so you don’t underestimate/forget things, write it down at two points in the day (midday and before bed).
This can be recorded in your notes on your phone, in a word document on your laptop, or trusty pen and paper.