What to do if you have a LOT of weight to lose’ is a series of articles dedicated to the seemingly daunting task of losing lots of weight – think 30kg or more. If you are in this boat then this is the strategy for you. Follow the steps week by week and you’ll soon be on the path to a THINNER and (more importantly) HEALTHIER you.

Write it all down

Journaling has become more and more popular over the years, with everyone from Oprah to Richard Branson and every self-help guru in-between telling us that we should be doing it daily.

And in the diet world it’s no different. Keeping a food journal can be the most important intervention in your eating plan if you haven’t started doing it yet. It could be the thing that makes the difference. But only if you do it a certain way.

Here’s how:

Before you eat ANYTHING – be it one crisp or a slice of apple – you have to write it down first.

You can do this on one of any of the multitude of apps from the app store.

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What this does is make you think about what you’re about to eat and why you’re eating it. Later in the day or week, it also gives you a real picture of what you ate…

Why write it down BEFORE you eat?

Because people who write their food journal late in the day AFTER they’ve eaten their meals for the whole day tend to forget the ‘little’ odds and ends that ‘don’t really count’, even though when they are all added together, they really do.

Basically, if you want to journal your foods, then this is the only way to do it and actually see it work for you. Otherwise you’re just writing down an inaccurate record of what you ate, which will lead to much confusion down the road when you’re not losing weight.

Get journaling.

h2>Take a look at more tips from the series “What to do if you have a LOT of weight to lose” below:

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