Tracking gives you insights, keeps you focused and helps you succeed.
The evidence is clear! Tracking helps you lose weight by making you aware of what and how much you’re eating, BUT…it’s up to you on when and how to track! Some people pre-track all their meals, using it as a guide for the day so they won’t stray. Others prefer to track as they go. I know I vary between the two. Some weeks I’ve sat down on a Sunday and planned my whole upcoming week. Other weeks, like this week, I’m playing catch up on my tracking. It’s not about being perfect, its using that mindful piece and using your tracker as a tool to help reach those goals.
How it helps- when you’re tracking, it helps you stick to your calorie or point goals and you are able to budget on if something is “worth” eating. This is especially important at certain times in your journey, like when you’re just starting, after a vacation or when you haven’ t been to a meeting in awhile and you want to get back on track.