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If you want to lose weight or you’re just interested in getting in shape, a fitness journal can be your key to success.

Much like a personal diary a journal is the one place where you can share all of your dreams and goals and at the same time create a plan to make those aspirations a real part of your life.

I’m sure by now, you know that in order to lose weight you need to burn more calories than you consume. Keeping a fitness journal can be a fun way to assess your current eating and exercise habits and formulate a strategy to reduce calories while increasing your physical activity.

Start your fitness journal by recording your current weight and measurements, if you like, you can even add a current photo of yourself. This is your starting point, so make sure you take the time to complete this important step. Months from now when your body is changing, you’ll be able to look back and see how much you have achieved. Once this base is established it will provide the motivation you need to keep you going.

Motivation or the lack thereof, can be the driving force behind your exercise program or the biggest obstacle in your efforts to lose weight. As a personal trainer who specializes in women’s fitness, I have found that women who keep a fitness journal have a far greater chance of success than those who do not.

You see a fitness journal makes you accountable for your weight loss plan. Once you’ve established your starting point and written down your goals, you’ll want to make some time everyday to record everything you eat and drink. That means everything. You many even be surprised when you realize how much food you consume.

Once you begin coming face to face with your food consumption, you’ll be able to determine which foods to keep in your diet and which foods you need to replace with healthier substitutes. There is a certain connection that your brain will make when you put pen to paper and become responsible for your own health. It’s easy to fool yourself into thinking that you are eating a somewhat healthy diet when you keep these thoughts locked away in your mind.

Along with recording your eating habits, you’ll want to write down your daily physical activities. Are you exercising regularly? For optimum women’s health you’ll need to exercise for at least 30 minutes a day for 6 days of the week. You can use your journal to determine your fitness level and increase it gradually for best results.

Challenge your fitness workout by making goals each week. For instance, you could set a goal to add more weights to your exercise program or to take longer walks, swim more laps, take a spinning class or learn to play tennis. The secret is to write down anything and everything that will keep you motivated to exercise regularly and eat healthy.

You can get the body that you desire, all it takes is a desire to succeed followed by a commitment to see it through. But the good thing is you don’t have to do it by yourself. Faithfully keeping your fitness journal will keep you focused on your goals and give you the motivation you need to excel.

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Keeping a weight loss journal can double your weightloss, studies show. Studies also now support the idea that old-fashioned calorie counting works the best for losing weight. Put these two weightloss tips to work for you with The 60 Day Food and Fitness Program & Journal by Brad Peterson, one of the most comprehensive weightloss journals available.

Why Keep a Weightloss Journal

Often people believe they are eating much less than they actually are. They don’t pay

attention to portion size and often estimate that they are eating many less calories than they actually consume. We kid ourselves that that little handful of chips or that cookie didn’t really count.

Keeping a weightloss journal allows you keep track of all the calories you actually eat throughout the day and stop estimating.

You might even see some interesting patterns, like empty calories spent on snacks or eating too much after dinner and before bedtime. You’ll see lots of ways you can save calories by keeping the journal.

What you’ll find in the 60 Day Food and Fitness Program & Journal

The 60 Day Food and Fitness Program & Journal focuses on keeping track of not only the foods you eat but the exercise you get to burn those calories and shrink those inches. There is great information provided in the front and back of the book relating to setting goals and how to reach them, with a page to write out your own goals. There are also charts on how many calories you burn with different activities and nutritional information on various foods, with a section just on fast food. There are also several pages of healthy recipes and a place to write in your own favorites.

The 60 Day Food and Fitness Program gives you a page to list all the foods you eat in a given day and helps you keep track of calories, fat and time of day that you ate. The opposite page is where you list your fitness activities, duration and calories burned. There is also a comment section to write down any notes and boxes to check off for each glass of water you drink. (There is a great article in the book about why drinking water is important to a weightloss program too!)

Once a week, there is a weight in page where you keep track of your weightloss and set your goals for the coming week. You can also keep track of your shrinking measurements. Other charts in the front of the book help you set up a fitness program and track your progress as well.

To lose a pound of fat, you need to burn 3,500 calories. No matter what weightloss plan or diet you adhere to, this fact won’t change. You can cut 3,500 calories from your diet – perhaps 500 calories a day – or you can do a combination of cutting calories and increasing exercise to burn those calories and you will lose weight. A weight loss journal can be a great tool for accomplishing your goal.

Overall, I think The 60 Day Food and Fitness Program & Journal is a wonderful, comprehensive tool that helps you set not only your weightloss goals, but your fitness goals as well, and to achieve them both.

Need more great weightloss tips? Find them at Path2HealthyLiving Weightloss Tips

© Copyright 2008 by Joan Jones

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