My Fitness Pal
a : food and drink regularly provided or consumed
b : habitual nourishment
c : the kind and amount of food prescribed for a person or animal for a special reason
: to eat less food or to eat only particular kinds of food in order to lose weight : to be on a diet
Simply stated, as a noun, diet is what I am eating; as a verb diet is what I am NOT eating!!! I have been dieting (verb) for 6 weeks. I have logged what I have eaten using an app on my phone. Over the past 6 weeks I have lost 5-6 pounds. So yay for me but that is not why I decided to put pen to paper.
The app I use has a feature that summarizes my log with weekly totals for the specific types of calories I ingest, carbs, proteins, and fats. I literally paid no attention to the % of each I was logging. My focus was on the calorie count. I had 1300 calories to eat every day and by George I made sure I got mine eaten! It wasn't until I accidentally found the summary that I noticed something interesting. The % of each calorie type did not vary much even though I didn't try to do that. According to the Merck Manual Home Health Handbook, in a typical healthy eating plan you should get about 50 to 55 percent of daily calories from carbohydrates, 10 to 15 percent of calories from proteins and no more than 30 percent of calories from fats. Mine was close to the norm values with 43-50% carbs, 18-20% proteins, and 31-38% fats.
If you are reading this, the toughest part of aging has been not being able to eat everything I did before. In order to structure myself, I started using an app on my phone that included logging my diet (noun). The truth is, it is a pain in the neck but at the same time it is empowering! I have learned that I am a habitual eater, eating sometimes simply because it's what I would normally do at that time NOT because I need food. I have learned how to tell myself no when I need to. I have learned that saying no to eating is easier than doing the required amount of exercise to justify eating. Again the reason for pen to paper? I've learned that even without consciously trying, my body seems to choose wisely the foods I am eating in order to keep me feeling good!
Try it--if you dare. Download an app on your phone, enter your profile, log your diet (noun) and learn about yourself. You maybe empowered by what you learn too!