Journaling for Weight Loss
Writing in a journal daily allows you to direct your focus to what you have accomplished, reflect on what you are grateful for, and identify what you are committed to doing better tomorrow. It can also be a useful tool for helping you recognize patterns, identify obstacles and triggers, and process how your emotions are related to your thoughts and behaviors regarding food. If you struggle with overeating, binge eating, compulsive eating, or emotional eating, using a journal to process your emotions and behaviors surrounding food can be crucial for healing and overcoming obstacles.
•Identify ‘normal’ vs. ‘abnormal’ hunger signals. •Learn to stop eating when satisfied. •Identify what foods you enjoy and how to incorporate healthy portions into your day. •Learn what motivates you to eat. Find patterns that may lead to eating as a way to cope with emotions or triggers negative behaviors surrounding food. •Learn how certain foods make you feel. Does a certain food cause you to feel lethargic? Bloated? Unable to sleep?
Journaling does not have to be complicated. You can use simple bullet points or rating scale to start! As you use it as a tool to recognize patterns and triggers to certain behaviors, it will result in a greater sense of control, reduced anxiety, and more insight surrounding your relationship with food.