Food diaries

Keeping a food diary can help an individual become more aware of their eating habits and the many triggers and cues that influence what they eat.

Food DiaryStudies show that people who keep a food diary are more successful at changing their eating habits and losing weight.

Here are some tips for getting the most out of a food diary:

  • be as detailed as you can with food descriptions
  • include serving sizes – weigh foods where possible
  • rate your hunger level just before you eat – this will help you identify whether you  are eating for reasons other than hunger
  • if you feel emotional eating is an issue you should record your mood before and after you eat
  • carry the food diary with you and update as you eat, rather than waiting until the end of the day


We have two types of food diary for you to download to start monitoring exacly what you eat every day:

A basic for one for simply recording food intake: download here

A more detailed one that includes additional sections for rating hunger and mood: download here

(Please note our Food Diaries open in Microsoft Word)

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