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does logging food and exercise really work?

this is a question that many people starting their weight loss journey have. Would love to hear your experience logging- here on PEERtrainer and elsewhere in other formats like WW or whatever.

thank you,



Tue. Oct 21, 11:54am

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I think logging food is VERY important. I didn't realize how important until I came to PT. Not only does it let me see what I eat but it also helps me plan for meals and what needs to be increased or decreased depending on my weight from week to week. Also, it makes you really think about what you put in your mouth!! Regardless if one keeps a daily log here on PT or on paper or through WW...doesn't matter...I feel everyone trying to lose or maintain need to keep a daily log.


Tuesday, October 21, 2008, 12:04 PM

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Absolutely! I can't emphasise this more. I know that if I'm not logging, I'm gaining. I NEVER gain when I write down - honestly - everything I've eaten and the exercise I did or didn't do. It's easy to lose track of portion sizes or calories if it's not written down in front of me, it helps to keep me honest, too. Here on PT there is the added benefit of sharing successes (Yay, I avoided the slice of cake in the breakroom today!) and the slight pressure of wanting to keep up with your teammates! If I didn't have people looking over my logs, it would be much easier to blow off a work out.


Tuesday, October 21, 2008, 1:02 PM

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Definately. PT gives you someone to brag to when you are doing well, and people to help you get back on track when you are not.

I have found if I am having an off day and I still log all the junk I have had, I am much less likely to continue to eat junk into the night. If I don't log it, then I will spiral into the abyss.


Tuesday, October 21, 2008, 1:08 PM

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Definately. PT gives you someone to brag to when you are doing well, and people to help you get back on track when you are not.

I have found if I am having an off day and I still log all the junk I have had, I am much less likely to continue to eat junk into the night. If I don't log it, then I will spiral into the abyss.


Tuesday, October 21, 2008, 1:08 PM

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Yes, logging my food and exercise is how I lost weight.

Unfortunately, after doing it for three years, it's starting to drive me crazy, so I'm taking a break from it. It's only been a week now that I haven't written down my food and calorie intake. I've also switched from recording my time and type of workout to just giving myself a little star on my calendar on the days I exercise, regardless of whether it's weights, jogging, pilates, or whatever.

I'm hoping that after all these years of logging, the habits are ingrained enough that I'll maintain my weight without actually journaling.

We'll see...

Tuesday, October 21, 2008, 1:09 PM

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yes logging does help... I released alot of wight on my own before coming to PT, but I struggled more. I had noone to hold myself accountable to.. we all know that we dont always hold ourselve accoutable for the choices we make.. its easier when you can see it written out you can look at it and tweak the next week. do something differently.watchh your foods more crefully. execise more or chnge up your routine.

if im releaing weight great.. if not i can look and see why.. am i eating extra servings of meat here or id i have too much bread there.. it helps you see what your doing and what really goes in your mouth.. if you bite it you have to write it.. its there for all to see. and people do read your logs.. I didnt realize how many actually read my logs so.. I know if I eat something wrong I have to put it there in print for everyone to see.. I want to set a example of healthy eating so I try to make healthy choices.

were human we slip and slide, but we can look at our log and say ok yesterday was a good day or not so good day .. tomorrow will be just as good or tomorrow i will get back on track.

yes I think logging and the acountability and support I have found here has been key and will be instrumental to me reaching my goal.


Tuesday, October 21, 2008, 1:34 PM

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If you're the kind of person who can eat without remembering exactly what you had, then yes. Some people can watch tv or work and eat and not even remember finishing the food. I had a coworker who used to always work through lunch and she'd eat the brown bag lunch she brought, plus all the snacks (apples, candy bars, bags of chips, etc) while she was engrossed in a project at her desk. Then she'd look for her lunch (which she already ate) and be amazed that it was gone. This is the kind of person who will benefit greatly from logging every morsel. But this person also needs to be made aware of every bite. That's why it's best to eat at the table with nothing else going on, except maybe conversation with a meal companion.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008, 2:09 PM

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There is no doubt that logging on PT accelerated my weightloss. It gave me the accountability I needed to lose weight. Before starting PT, I would eat as much as I wanted without reflecting on what I was putting into my body. When I forced myself to really think about what I ate and when I ate it, it gave me more control over my success. I remember some days not wanting to go to the gym and thinking "I can't leave my workout section blank!"

Logging becomes addicting and I find myself looking back through my entries to find out what was working and what wasn't when I'd have a bad week. It also gives me an outlet for any sort of personal problems that might be affecting what I'm eating. You start to see both negative and positive patterns. Sometimes I'll look at my log for a day and feel really proud of all the good things I've done for my body in that 24 hours.

Ultimately, I think self-discipline is what helped me lose that 108 lbs (and counting!). PT makes keeping tabs on yourself and your weightloss buddies incredibly easy. It's an entire network of support at your fingertips, and for that I am thankful!


Tuesday, October 21, 2008, 2:31 PM

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Yes, write it down! All of it!

This is the perfect thread for today. I spent the morning ranting about not losing weight when I am 'eating so healthy'. So I went back through my food logs and realized that I had once again slipped into the seduction of eating bread and potatoes. It was all there for me to see in black and white...or cornflower blue. It's so easy to fool ourselves, and journaling your food really helps with staying honest with yourself. Even if you don't write down everything because you are embarrassed by what you consumed, you think about that, and feel badly, and it helps get you back on track to being more honest with yourself. I use to track meticulously for protein, carbs, fats, fiber & sodium (spreadsheet from hell) but now I just use PT for logging in the food. If I am eating enough plants I don't need to count calories, and except for an occasional OCD twinge I don't miss the spreadsheet. So yes, logging my food is super important to me for staying on track nutritionally, planning my daily food, and keeping it honest. I think PT is a great utility for this, and I'm glad to be here :)

Tuesday, October 21, 2008, 2:47 PM

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Yes! Logging all my food is helping me to break the cycle of binge eating. Logging my exercise boosts my self confidence tremendously. Thanks, PT!


Tuesday, October 21, 2008, 2:58 PM

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