You’ve been consistently training for 4 months. You are stronger, but your oversized belly has not budged.
You think you eat generally healthily, but despite all the workouts, there is little progress to show. One good way to start your investigation into how much you are really eating is using a food log.
What is a food log?
A food log is a record of all foods and drinks consumed within a specified period of time. Food intake is typically tracked for 1 to, ideally, 7 days. Since patterns can differ between the weekend and the workweek, the more days that are tracked, the better. Ideally you would always include a weekend in your Food Log before analysing it.
At its most basic, a log lists the type and amount of every food and drink item consumed. The log can be written on a piece of paper or preprinted blank form (you can find many online), typed into an online nutrition website or entered into a smart phone (iPhone apps are available).