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BIGGEST Dieting Mistake (and how to fix it!)

When people are looking for fat loss, the first question is usually "what CAN’T I eat?"

But the fact of the matter is it’s not just food that matters.

And actually it’s not exercise either. 

The BIGGEST mistake people make when trying to lose fat is not keeping a log of what they eat and drink. 

best weight loss toolThat’s it.  Pretty simple, right?  And while there are loads of websites, Apps, and other fancy gadgets to keep track of this … a simple $1.99 notebook from Target works perfectly well!

Why is this SO important?

Think of it like keeping tabs on your checking account.  Hopefully you keep record of the "ins and outs" so you know what and how much you have available.  If you don’t, you’re likely to overdraw your account.

Same goes for nutrition and keeping tabs on the "ins and outs" with what you put in your body and how much you expend, with exercise.  If you aren’t aware of what you’re eating, what you’re drinking, you’ll "overdraw your account" which means overdoing the calories going into your body.

And what does that mean?

You gain weight.  Week after week.  Month after month.  Year after year.  Until one day, you realize that you’re unhealthy, have a difficult time doing otherwise normal activities, and are "unsure" how you got there.  If you kept track of things, you’d quickly realize what happened because you’d have the "directions" right in front of you.

But imagine if that can all be prevented.

When you jot down the foods and drinks that go into your body, you have the directions of how you get from point A to point B.  Otherwise it’s a guessing game. 

It’s easy to forget about the handful of snacks you ate that your kid didn’t eat.  The few sips of juice from their cup.  The spoonfuls of dinner as you were putting it away.  The food and snacks you ate with friends while having a few drinks.

If you think those don’t add up.  You’re wrong.

And if you’re struggling to get on track, stay on track, or get back on track, writing down what you put in your body is the answer. 

Permanently losing fat can truly be that simple.  If you bite it, you must write it. 

Just because something is effective doesn’t mean it has to be complicated.
We did this for you in the 21 Day Fat Loss Jumpstart — we kept a 21 day food and exercise journal and give you full access to both. 

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One Response to BIGGEST Dieting Mistake (and how to fix it!)

  1. Wayne April 24, 2011 at 6:47 am #

    Great suggestion. I think journaling may be one of the best ways to cotnrol your calories. Maybe it’s just the act of forcing yourself to consider everything that we eat that works so well. It seems like if I don’t track my foods I end up eating way more just from snacking and other hidden calories that sneak into my diet.

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