In our Personal Training sessions, we advise our clients on their nutrition which helps them achieve their set goals. We think it’s quite common knowledge by now that when it comes to losing, maintaining, or gaining weight, it comes down to calories in vs. calories out and how you manage this balance.
We find that the reporting of food intake can be very inaccurate at times, which can mean the difference between often over 1000 calories per day. This is often not intentional either! As I’m sure you can appreciate, this can make a huge difference to whether you achieve your goals or not over time.
A method that we find works well is to request pictures of meals once cooked, as well as what is left after the meal is eaten. This way, we get a much more accurate idea of whether what is being logged/reported is accurate or not. For example, if someone is looking to gain weight and they are logging a meal which contains 650 calories, and 40g of protein, but they only eat half of what is on their plate, they are in fact consuming half of their reported intake for this meal. If this happens regularly, you can see how this would create lots of confusion when targets are not being met.
If you’re not working with a coach, and are struggling to reach your goals, why not try this yourself as an awareness exercise. That way, you can keep yourself accountable without relying on recall which is often very inaccurate.
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