Samara O'Shea

My Food Diary

I’m looking to lose some weight. Not too much—twelve pounds or so. I’ve been fortunate in my life not to have had too much concern with weight. I’m tall with a quick metabolism, and that’s all I’ve needed thus far. But in the last few years I haven’t been able to work out as often as I’d like, and I weigh now more than I’ve ever weighed. Yikes!

I’ve read many times that if you want to lose weight, you should keep a food diary. It’s how you hold yourself accountable. It goes without saying that I love diaries, but writing down everything I eat doesn’t seem like something I’m going to keep up with. Or maybe I could handle the writing down part but not the adding up calories and figuring out what I can and can’t eat. That’s not my forte. Until – that is – I found MyFoodDiary.com. An electronic diary is just what I need in this case because it does most of the work for me.

You (meaning me) tell the site your age, height, weight, gender, and how much you want to lose and it tells you how many calories a day you can consume. Even if you don’t want to lose weight but just maintain it—it’s great for that, too. You then plug in everything you eat. They have a mass database, so the chances of the nutritional information of your food being in there are good. If not, you can enter it manually. The system will remember it and you don’t have to enter it more than once. You tell the system what you eat, drink, and when you exercise. Naturally, you earn calories back when you exercise.

The program also keeps track of your sodium, sugar, cholesterol, iron, Vitamin A & C, and calcium intake—telling you when you’ve had too much or not enough.

I am loving it because you start fresh each day. If you have a day of dessert day (which we all need once in a while) then you forgive yourself and begin again tomorrow. It costs $9 per month and is well worth it. So far I’m having fun with it, but don’t know if I’m really losing weight. I’m on the lose 1 lb a week program, so I won’t weigh myself until April. I’ll let you know what happens then!