Tracking your food sometimes comes with a stigma. Some may view it as too time consuming, too strict, or even ineffective. When you find the right program for you, tracking your food comes with plenty of benefits!
7 Benefits of Tracking Your Food
- It keeps you accountable, even if it’s only to yourself.
- It makes you aware of what you’re eating.
- You can start to recognize your patterns and plan accordingly.
- You can see what in your diet needs to change at a quick glance.
- It teaches you how to analyze the benefits of food, even on-the-go.
- Whether you’re tracking calories or points, you learn how much you need to be eating to keep your metabolism pumping.
- It helps you form a healthy relationship with food through education and flexibility.
Where to Start
There are many options to choose from if you’re ready to start tracking your food. You’ll find a few excellent subscription based options which I have tried in the past. However, my favorite option, an app called iTrackBites, happens to be free! Huzzah! Let’s get into the details…
What is iTrackBites?
iTrackBites is a free app that allows you to keep track of what you eat and drink while working towards a weight loss goal. The programs available in the app are based on those offered with Weight Watchers. There is a paid, upgraded version that includes things like a restaurant guide, a snack and beer guide, and a recipe builder but in my 8 months of using the app, I have never found a need for those features.
What programs can you choose from?
- Conquer Cravings: focuses on portion control. The values are based on calories, fat, and fiber.
- Carb Conscious: focuses on limiting carbs. The values are based on protein, fat, fiber, and carbs.
- Sugar Smart: (the one that I use) focuses on limiting sugar. The values are based on calories, saturated fat, sugar, and protein.
- Better Balance: focuses on fresh, clean eating. The values are based on calories, saturated fats, sugar, and protein. This is the equivalent of the new WW Freestyle program and it’s only available with the upgrade.
- Calories Command: focuses on accountability. It’s just good old-fashioned calorie counting based on your individual body type and goals.