Exercise is only part of the equation of an effective weight loss plan. What you are putting into your body plays an even bigger role. You can not out train a bad diet. If you are not eating right, not only can it have a negative effect on your health, you will fail at your weight loss goals. No one wants to hear that, but it's the truth.
Most people have no idea how much they are actually consuming or how many calories your body actually needs. Using a food log is an effective tool to help manage your weight. Yes it sounds tedious and it does require a small amount of time to do, but if your goal is to lose weight, I highly recommend trying it.
Nine out of 10 Americans underestimate how many calories they eat in a day. By using a food journal, you will be able to see just how many calories you are consuming. It has been shown those who use food logging as a weight loss tool lose twice as much weight as those who do not.
Keeping a food log holds you accountable for what you are eating and you may think twice about downing that brownie if you have to write it down.
Even if you only keep a log for a couple of weeks, you can get an idea of what you are eating and what can be changed to get you on track. I recommend keeping a log with you through out the day, this way you have it handy at all times. If you eat something write it down, along with the amount. At the end of the day you can record it in an on-line journal like fitday.com (a free on-line calorie tracking tool). You will be able to see everything from how many calories you're eating, to meeting your recommended daily allowance of certain nutrients. It is really a great tool I use myself and with many of my clients.