How to Keep Track of Your Calories and Lose Weight Easily

My food+exercise journalMany studies have shown that tracking your meals and workouts is the best way to lose weight. In fact, the multi-million dollar business, Weight Watchers, relies on health tracking to help their members lose weight. We have your guide to health tracking for weight loss, and the best part is that it’s free!

If you are still on the fence as to whether or not health tracking is worth the time, here are some benefits to consider:

  • Keeps track of eating habits
  • Keeps track of weight losses or gains
  • It motivates you
  • Helps you lose twice the amount of weight by keeping you accountable
  • And helps you notice patterns in your energy levels

Basically, by keeping track of your dieting and exercise, you won’t be scratching your head after a few weeks wondering why you are not losing weight. You will be able to pinpoint that it was the extra cookie that you eat subconsciously each day that is adding on extra calories. On the other hand, if you are doing everything correctly and are still not seeing results, you then have something to show your doctor to get better insight into your weight loss issues.

There are several health tracking websites and apps that are offered free online. All you have to do is to sign up and enter your weight loss information. Here are the top four free sites and apps:

  • MyFitnessPal: Offers message boards and has a customizable spot to keep track of foods eaten and workouts accomplished. Also tracks water consumption.
  • SparkPeople: Similar to MyFitnessPal with message boards, recipes, and health trackers.
  • RunKeeper: This is an app that allows you to track the miles you traveled (by running, walking, or biking) and records them for you.
  • LiveStrong: Allows you to track your food and exercise and has a lot of motivating stories to keep you inspired.

With all of the technology and free sites available, losing weight has never been easier. All of the sites above have a huge database of foods so that calorie tracking is easy. You can always keep track of what you eat and what workout you did the old fashioned way, with a pen and paper. Any way you keep track will have a positive effect on your health. The point is to start tracking and stick with it, even after you have reached your goal weight.


Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.

Story Credit, Image Credit:My food+exercise journal by Ronny Cheung. Used under Creative Commons license. 

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