Resist the urge to “forget” logging an unhealthy item. “Seriously, you aren’t helping yourself if you don’t enter everything that passes your lips,” says Eley, “Add any condiments you use, liquids you drink (especially at happy hour) and what you partake in on the weekend.“
Holding a mirror up to your habits — the good and the bad — is precisely why food logging works so well. If you are trying to lose weight, seeing the exact number of calories in your daily Starbucks run or post-ride pizza may cause you to consider healthier choices in the future. If you’re struggling with GI distress during certain training efforts, your food logs may show a pattern of a certain food exacerbating symptoms.