Although a lot of people suffer from the same eating problems, there is one that stands out among these eating issues. That would be emotional eating. It’s the leading cause of abnormal weight gain for most people because to compensate your emotional distress, you end up by sitting down with a large snack. Once and a while this is fine, but do it too often and you will find it hard to lose any weight.
Every time you eat anything, you need to write down your state of mind in your food journal. Determine if you were tired, depressed, upset, happy, or energetic. Just writing a few words about how you felt at the time you decided to eat can make a world of difference when it comes time to analyze your eating behaviors.
A good starting point are your emotions but you should go ahead to make that extra effort if you want to get even more in depth in your journal. Making a note about what happened during that day is what you can do. Figure out if the events were good or bad. Did they lead to you eating more than you normally would have?
You may be able to find a pattern which you can use to become a more proper eater when you analyze your emotions in regard to your hunger levels and how often you eat your meals. Even if you’re not hungry, you may find that you tend to eat more when you’re depressed. Or maybe it’s the opposite and you tend to bolster happy days with food so that you’ll feel even better.
Being able to track your dietary patterns to see what needs to be changed if you hope to lose weight is the ultimate goal of any food journal you create. You should also write about how often you eat, your state of mind, and how much you ate even though the core of your food notebook should be based on what and how much you ate. These facts will provide you with some interesting observations about what you need to change if you hope to lose weight although at first, they may seem useless.