If you’re familiar with my previous writings you probably thought this post was going to be about keeping a training log, I do think it’s the easiest thing you can do to make sure you’re progressing in the gym, however, this isn’t about training at all. It’s about accountability and using a tool that almost everyone in the western world has access to: the camera on your phone.
You see, almost everyone I meet tells me the same thing “I eat pretty well, but…” and the “but” could be almost anything
- but I can’t seem to lose any fat, or gain any muscle
- but I have no energy to complete my workouts or get through the day
- but I have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, metabolic syndrome etc
My question to them is if they’re eating so well then why can’t they lose fat, gain muscle, have the energy to get through the day, and have metabolic markers of a poor diet? The reality is that most people have a huge disconnect with what they’re eating, myself included, that day of oats and protein shake breakfast, carrots, apple, and a chicken breast for lunch, a kingsize chocolate bar that you bought in the super market, and the entire bag of chips that you had after your quinoa spinach and steak dinner becomes “I eat pretty well…”. You tend to forget the bag of chips but remember the meals that you worked so hard to prepare because of the mindless nature of snacking. So how do you make yourself accountable? The answer is so simple it’s stupid
Take pictures of everything you eat and review them once a week
Yup, that’s it, and you’ll probably be surprised by what you see, that donut you snuck at work 3 days in a row, the glass of wine that became 3 or 4, the time you took seconds at the buffet, it’s all there in the pictures.
Something pretty cool happens when people start taking pictures, you start losing fat and your health and energy levels improve. Suddenly that mindless snacking becomes a conscious choice… do I really want to take a picture of that?? You’re making yourself self accountable and much more aware of putting into your body.
It’s almost too simple, but it works. Try taking photos of everything you eat and watch what happens over the next month; I’m willing to bet you’ll be pleasantly surprised.