Recording what you eat is a common practice among those who are serious about their nutrition. Your body requires so many different nutrients; you simply cannot know if you are getting what you need without keeping track. There’s some great nutrition tracking smart phone apps out there, which make it super easy to record and monitor your intake.
Download a nutrition-tracking app, and once you enter your personal information and/or diet requirements, you are ready to record. Most apps will show you your totals as you go, so you will always know what you need and how much. You will still have to put in the extra effort that dieting requires. You still need to measure your portions, search the food database, and actually record what you eat. Although, tracking apps still make it much easier to track than writing in a food journal. Some include a barcode scanner, which can be used to quickly search for your food item.
The most important thing you will learn form nutrition tracking is what foods are smart choices for your goals. For example if you use a low fat diet to lose weight containing 20% of your calories from fat and 30% of your calories coming from protein, you will find that it is very easy to reach your maximum in the fat category, but much harder to reach your protein goal. The result is you start choosing foods that are low in fat and high in protein.
If your time is valuable to you and you don’t want to struggle dieting, tracking is the most effective way to increase your success.