I was so excited to be able to review “Calorie Counter Journal For Dummies” written by two terrific dietitians: Rosanne Rust, MS, RD, LDN and Meri Raffetto, RD. As a dietitian who works with clients one-on-one, I know the value of keeping a food record. And I know that keeping a food record in the proper manner is essential for weight loss. In fact, as this book points out, research has actually shown that people who keep food records lose TWICE as much weight as those who don’t! That just shows how important this tool is.
What I love about this book it starts out by helping you determine what you need to do to improve your health and meet your weight loss goals. First, it shows you how to determine what a healthy body weight is for you, so if you are looking to lose weight, you can set a realistic goal. It also shows you how to accurately calculate your calorie needs for the day. And this isn’t just for those who want to lose weight. Knowing your daily calorie needs is essential to anyone looking to lose, gain, or maintain weight and for avid exercisers and athletes who need to fuel their bodies. In fact, this book even includes a section specifically for athletes and how they can fuel their bodies and track their intake to improve performance!
In order to improve health and achieve your desired body weight, you must also set goals for yourself and establish as routine. To help you with this, “Calorie Counter Journal For Dummies” shows you in detail how to create achievable goals by using the SMART method (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely) and gives you a step by step guide to forming a routine to help you develop habits that will allow you to not only achieve your goals but to stick with them for the long haul.
My favorite part of the book is of course the food journal. This book provides step-by-step guidance on how to correctly keep a food record. For instance, if you have cereal and milk in the morning, it is not as helpful to just write “cereal and milk” as it would be to write out exactly how much cereal and how much milk you had, such as “1 cup cereal and ½ cup milk.” And throughout this book, the authors stress how weight is not the only way to track your success. Tracking success through improved energy, mood, and even improved health status, such as lowering blood sugar or blood pressure are all ways to measure success. The food journals provided in the book allow you to track this as well. It allows you room to track your energy levels, weight, fluid intake, and even check off how many fruits and vegetables you have had each day. You can even track your mood to see how it impacts your food choices.
“Calorie Counter Journal For Dummies” is a must have for anyone looking to lose weight, improve their health, increase their energy levels, or improve athletic performance. It is also a great tool for health professionals to use to show clients the right way to use a food journal to be successful. Click here to buy this book on Amazon.