What are some challenges you may face when writing a food diary?

  1. Writing what you think you should be eating instead of what you actually did eat.

  2. Underestimating the amount you’ve eaten.

  3. Overestimating the amount you’ve eaten.

  4. Temporarily changing how you are eating during the time you are logging in your food diary.

You must avoid these pitfalls so you can provide the most accurate information possible. Remember that the purpose of keeping a food diary is to gain a better understanding of your nutritional habits and to improve your health.

It is essential to be truthful about what you are eating. There is sometimes a tendency to unintentionally give inaccurate information when keeping a food diary. Unfortunately when this happens it leads to inaccurate results. This prevents the food diary from being the useful tool it is intended to be.