Yes, tracking your food intake is HARD WORK but I believe this video proves it works. I lost 32.8 lbs (14.9 kg) in 2013 by tracking my food intake and during the parts of the year when I became lazy in tracking my intake I noticed the lack of weight loss.
I fell short of my target last year but 32.8 lbs is still an achievement. An achievement that you feel in your daily life. My right knee pain from my high school injury is barely noticeable nowadays since I lost all that weight. I still have roughly 40 lbs to go to reach my target weight which is 170 lbs. 170 lbs was my fighting weight back in high school when I was with my school’s Tae Kwon Do team. That’s the part of my life when I felt the healthiest.
One thing to note from the video though…the teacher did not just track his food intake. Tracking his food intake is the major thing he did but it should not get lost in the video that he also started exercising as well – walking.
I really believe apps like MyFitnessPal are very useful if you want to lose weight or just be healthier. It is a lot of work to keep track of your intake that is why I highly recommend MyFitnessPal because of its big food database which lessens the work on tracking your intake – translated: less guessing game. But for apps like MyFitnessPal to really be effective you will need to partner it with exercise, any form of movement!
By the way, I saw the video from Yahoo Singapore tumblr account here.