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Lifestyle: The Benefits & Downsides of Tracking Your Food for Weight Loss

The Benefits & Downsides of Tracking Your Food for Weight Loss

Remember last month when I explained all about weight loss and patience? In my opinion, one of the best ways that you can fast-track your success is by tracking your food intake. Yes, I know what you’re thinking: tracking is a chore and one you’re not looking to add to your daily to-do list.

Listen, I know it can be annoying to track every piece of food that enters your mouth but there are benefits, and it is especial- ly important while on the ketogenic diet.

Why is tracking so important? Firstly, keto is a diet that is highly focused on having a set breakdown of macronutrients. You are aiming to limit your carbohydrates, target your protein, and eat enough fat, all while reaching your intended calorie intake for the day. It is impossible to know these numbers without track- ing. Keeping your carbs low enough means you are burning fat for fuel and that is critical. Eating enough protein ensures that you are retaining your muscle mass while losing fat. Lastly, con- suming enough fat ensures that you are keeping your energy levels up. Remember: fat is fuel for your body and it keeps you energized throughout your day.

Most people view tracking as a restrictive process but for me, it confirms that I have consumed enough food every day. For some people, keto results in a lack of appetite. It can be easy to under eat which can be counterproductive to your weight loss. When you’re not taking in enough food you can cause damage to your metabolism. Undereating can also cause issues like hair loss, osteoporosis, and lackluster skin texture.

Want to ease into tracking? Try only counting your carbohydrate levels to learn what works and what doesn’t for your lifestyle. Over time, it will get easier at which point you begin tracking the other nutrient goals. One downside to tracking your food is it can be extremely time consuming. But, weight loss takes effort and is so worth it for the satisfying end results.

Joanna Wilcox is Canadian Health and Fitness Influencer from Woodstock, Ontario.


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