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Know, Do, Sustain: The Power of Nutrition Tracking



In the quest for better health and wellness, one often-overlooked yet incredibly powerful tool is tracking or logging nutrition. This simple step can provide invaluable insights into our personal habits and trends, leading to intuitive adjustments towards healthier eating patterns and ultimately, helping us reach our health targets.


Here are a few key insights as to why tracking nutrition can make such a big impact :


Insight into Personal Habits and Trends: By diligently recording what we eat and drink, we gain a clearer understanding of our dietary habits. We can identify behaviors such as snacking on auto-pilot, obvious imbalances in nutritional intake or uncovering foods that leave us feeling out of line with our overall goals. This awareness empowers us to make informed choices and break unhealthy patterns.


Intuitive Adjustment towards Healthy Eating Patterns: Research has shown that consistent tracking and logging of nutrition almost always leads to intuitive adjustments towards healthier eating patterns. A study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found that individuals who tracked their food intake were more likely to consume a higher intake of fruits and vegetables, while reducing their intake of highly processed foods.


Collaboration with Professional Partners: Tracking and logging nutrition provides us with valuable data that we can use in collaboration with a professional partner, such as a nutritionist, health coach or dietitian. Together, we can analyze the data to identify areas for improvement and develop a personalized strategy tailored to our unique needs and goals. A study published in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity demonstrated that individuals who received personalized dietary feedback based on their tracked nutrition made greater improvements in dietary quality compared to those who did not receive such feedback.


Tracking nutrition is a simple yet powerful tool that can significantly impact our journey towards better health and wellness. By gaining insight into our personal habits, making intuitive adjustments towards healthier eating patterns, and collaborating with professional partners, we can take proactive steps towards achieving our health targets.


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References:

- Smith, J. D., White, A., & et al. (2014). Dietary intake among adults with type 2 diabetes: Findings from the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III). Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 114(2), 222-229.

- Spring, B., Schneider, K., McFadden, H. G., Vaughn, J., Kozak, A. T., Smith, M., & et al. (2012). Multiple behavior changes in diet and activity: A randomized controlled trial using mobile technology. Archives of Internal Medicine, 172(10), 789-796.

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