Could Food Logs help you Lose Weight?

Could Food Logs help you Lose Weight? | Dr. Spages

Can food logs actually help you lose weight or are they just a big waste of time? So I hear this often from many patients about whether or not they should do a food log. Let me go over the key things to understand about food logs and if they can actually help you lose weight.

What is a food log?

A food log is basically a written or typed out journal of the food you’ve eaten throughout the day.  what’s important to realize is that by doing the food log you’re able to have a better analysis of any possible problems you have in your diet. When I did my own food log when I found out wasn’t that I was overheating it was actually that I was under eating. And the question is why is that a big deal? The problem with not knowing what you eat The biggest problem with not knowing what is enough calories is that my body was actually holding more fat. So I was struggling with getting leaner just because I didn’t realize I wasn’t eating enough calories.

Can a food log benefit you?

So how could a food log benefit you is a good question because it’s kind of a pain in the butt to do but by doing it could really solve some of your weight loss issues.

My suggestions for doing a food log

So here are my suggestions for doing a food log. First do whatever is going to be the easiest. I tell some patients I don’t care if they do it on a napkin but as long as they are consistent and also will do it on a regular basis I’m totally fine with it. Some patients rather download an app and there are plenty of them. Some of them have a subscription with you have to pay for and others are free. I’m not a big fan of these apps just because they seem like it takes longer to enter the information then just writing it down.

Here are some good food log apps:

My Fitness Pal https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/myfitnesspal/ Daily Bit Journal https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dailybits.foodjournal&hl=en

The benefit of doing apps for your food log

The real benefit of using an app for a food log is that it gives you other information such as your total calories and carbohydrates as well as your protein. It also could provide graphs and charts to see your real progress over time. These aren’t things that typically are available by just writing it on a piece of paper. The point is it doesn’t really matter which option you choose to use a written down food log or an app for a food log just as long as you actually do it and most importantly you’re honest. Included here is a free food log that I give to patients. Download it so you have a written version that’s very easy to complete. Download a Free Food Log Here

Summary:

So this is my take on food logs and how they’re important to lose weight. Keep it simple and be consistent. Honesty could help too and it goes a long way 🙂 Be Well. Stay Well. Dr. Jonathan Spages

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182 thoughts on “Could Food Logs help you Lose Weight?

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  2. Kyomi says:

    I’ll say this, I eat oatmeal everyday since I started working out 2020. I out 1/3 oatmeal in a bowl, with 1/3 water, and a pinch of salt. I then put it in the Microwave for 10 minutes on defrost mode. Defrost mode makes it fluffy and finished. Once it down, take it out and stir it to see if it finished or add more water and put it back in for 2-3 minutes. I’m usually on point with the amount of water though. I then use organic peanut butter which must be refrigerated after opening. I use like 1 spoon of it and then stir it up in the hot oatmeal real good. Once finished stirring, get a banana and cut it in pieces and place it on top of the oatmeal. Eat the rest of the banana. You are finished and just be sure to eat it while drinking black coffee. Black Coffee also helps with weight loss. I drink only black coffee and water if you want to know. And yes, I workout. I cannot type my workout routine but i went from 180 to 165 pounds in like 7 weeks.

  3. Kalven says:

    I would love to lose weight as a diabetic, EVer since they put me on metaformin I can’t get the weight off. My diet is good overall. Very frustrating.

  4. Liza says:

    Food log benefit is a good question because it’s kind of a pain in the butt to do but doing it could really solve some of your weight loss issues.

  5. Iris says:

    So this is my take on food logs and how they’re important to lose weight. Keep it simple and be consistent. Honesty could help too and it goes a long way.

  6. Hannah says:

    Food logs were a great help to monitor your food. Doing the food log you’re able to have a better analysis of any possible problems you have in your diet.

  7. James says:

    Now I realize is that by doing the food log you’re able to have a better analysis of any possible problems you have in your diet.

  8. Ken Ogbinar says:

    Now here’s the answer to my question about doing food logs and I realize that there’s more other way around rather than following what’s on my list.

  9. Philip says:

    I have been depressed and overeating and that’s why I’m here because I really have been feeling sluggish and overweight. Thank you Dr Jonathan Spages 🙏

  10. Calico says:

    I change my diet now might as well follow this helpful food log of Dr Jonathan Spages, This is what I really need for my health, thank you Doctor.

  11. Elisa says:

    5 stars
    Yeah it should be that way Doctor Jonathan Spages, a proper diet for my health is very important I can eat seat but I still need to be extra careful for the do’s and don’ts. I really appreciate your info.

  12. Ignazio says:

    Thanks for the wide explanation, about food logs this help me think about the foods that I’m gonna eat when, what and where and I thank you for that Dr Jonathan Spages.

  13. Marlowe says:

    You can’t lose weight just by eating certain food. It is the amount of food that determines whether you lose or gain weight. Basically, you need to calculate how much calories you need in a day and make your diet plan accordingly. With the help of internet this is now easier than ever. There are many sites available that will do the job for you, dietarize for example, which allows you to pick your own foods and offers workout plans.

  14. Walter says:

    The real benefit of using an app for a food log is that it gives you other information such as your total calories and carbohydrates as well as your protein. And you could lose weight.

  15. Emmet W. says:

    I just choose the best appetite for me to get healthy, thanks for the wonderful advice of Dr. Jonathan Spages you just teach me how to manage things especially about my eating habit that will turn into a healthy lifestyle.

  16. Malachi_25 says:

    5 stars
    Who else is watching this because instead of working out they just search what food can make them lose weight 😅 anyone? or it’s just me? Anyways, Thanks Dr. Spages glad to know about this food log Idea! The biggest problem with not knowing what is enough calories is that my body was actually holding more fat. So I was struggling with getting leaner just because I didn’t realize I wasn’t eating enough calories.

  17. Damian says:

    So relatable! My nurse told me last week it’s “ok” not to have challenging foods everyday. That I can do it once and then wait days before challenging myself again. I see where she’s coming from as she doesn’t want me to freak out, but it’s super hard convincing yourself that you DO need to be eating as much as you possibly can when medical professionals are advising “slow” weight gain.

  18. Leonardo says:

    You just need to have a proper diet and being wise in choosing your food so that you could lose your diet, but Dr. Jonathan Spages nailed it he explains so much what could food logs can do fo4r us to lose weight 🙂

  19. Gianni says:

    So simple, yet so effective. That’s how would I describe Dr. Jonathan Spages food logs. Now I believe that simplicity is the key to brilliance.

  20. Maci_25 says:

    what’s important to realize is that by doing the food log you’re able to have a better analysis of any possible problems you have in your diet. Thanks, Dr. Spages for the Idea about food logs never knew it is also very important to have this during having a diet this is absolutely a must guide!

  21. Spencer says:

    4 stars
    You can’t lose weight just by eating certain food. It is the amount of food that determines whether you lose or gain weight. Basically, you need to calculate how much calories you need in a day and make your diet plan accordingly. With the help of internet this is now easier than ever. Dr. Spages food logs Idea is one on the list!

  22. Simon says:

    Food log benefit you is a good question because it’s kind of a pain in the butt to do but doing it could really solve some of your weight loss issues.

  23. Kole WIll says:

    4 stars
    Awesome! Thanks, Doc. Spages for making us understand about food logs and if they can actually help us lose weight and what’s important to realize is that by doing the food log we aare able to have a better analysis of any possible problems we have in our diet.

  24. Devon Lewis says:

    Since I discovered your videos on youtube, I am extremely interested in all the topics you cover. Thanks for taking the time to publish these excellent and educational videos!

    • Dr. Jonathan Spages says:

      You’re welcome! 🙂 Please feel free to share this content with more people for them also enjoy and learn 🙂

  25. Finnegan says:

    I have been depressed and overeating and that’s why I’m here because I really have been feeling sluggish and overweight. Thank you, Dr. Jonathan Spages

  26. Maisie says:

    All your videos are really helping me…nowadays I have started overeating and I don’t what is causing it.

  27. Brendamae says:

    A food log is basically a written or typed out the journal of the food you’ve eaten throughout the day and you should apply when reversing type 2 diabetes.

  28. Roxie says:

    The answer YES! now I will always do your tips, Dr. Jonathan Spages. You really make things so easy for somebody like me.

  29. Maellys says:

    Will, I like to thank Dr. Spages article because it is very informative to the patient that has type 2 diabetes

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  31. Denver says:

    I love the fact that you made a blog of healthy foods that looks absolutely delicious! I’m definitely open to eating more oatmeal (not instant) and avocados on a daily basis! I also love the idea of eating salmon more regularly. Gracias Dr. Jonathan Spages.

  32. Carinna says:

    Food log benefit is a good question because it’s kind of a pain in the butt to do but doing it could really solve some of your weight loss issues.

  33. Anne says:

    Food log benefit is a good question because it’s kind of a pain in the butt to do but doing it could really solve some of your weight loss issues.

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