The Importance of Keeping a Food Diary to Ensure Weight Loss

Using a food diary as part of your armoury can be the missing link of any exercise and nutrition program and can be a very powerful tool when utilised properly and honestly.

Believe it or not, one of the most common causes of failure in exercise and weight loss programs is simply the fact that the person is just eating too much food or eating the wrong types of food or even “crashing out” at regular times each day.

For the majority of us, the overall stance on losing weight is very simple when you really strip it down and that is just the equation of calories in versus calories out.

Put more specifically, the body burns calories 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and the only thing that changes is the rate of calorie burn. This rate is determined by the activity the person is currently undertaking but rest assured that even while watching TV or sleeping, the natural functions of your body are causing calorie burn!

Therefore in theory, as long as we do not consume more calories from our daily food and drink than we burn off, weight loss is virtually guaranteed. By adding exercise to the mix you can obviously increase the differential between calories in and calories out.

So now we know a little bit more about calories let’s get to this food diary!

You would probably be surprised to learn that just about all of us underestimate exactly how much food and drink we consume each day. Sometimes by as much as 50%! Normally, we just think about our main meals and tend to forget the little bits and pieces here and there like a cookie, a can of soda or beer with dinner or perhaps a slice of cake from the office party at work!

When you keep a food dairy and providing you are totally honest with yourself, it will easily and clearly identify problem foods you are eating or drinking, problems days, problem parts of the day or specific meals that are going against you. You may see a general over eating pattern or you may just find that your afternoon snack is the main cause of your weight woes! For some reason, alcohol seems to be the most common item left out of food diaries!

The best way to get a real feel for how you are going is to keep your food diary religiously and 100% strictly, leaving nothing out that passes your lips for a period of two weeks. It is also very important to eat and drink as you would normally and not just be good while you are recording your food – kind of defeats the purpose don’t you think?!

You can write it all down in a notebook, keep it in a file on your lap top or PC or actually use a small diary. Whatever method is easiest for you to fully note down everything you consume in a day.

What I feel is the absolute best way however and the method I use, is to take a photo using my mobile phone camera of everything I consume. The great part of this is that I just about always have my phone with me and therefore it is quick and easy to simply pull it out and snap! No writing, no note books etc. Just before I go to bed, I cycle through my photos for the day and see what was good, what was bad and what can I learn from it all.

 

Bangkok Airport Hotel – From Low Budget Guesthouses to 5 Star Hotels

There are several great Hotels in the Bangkok Airport Vicinity. 
Low budget first:
One guesthouse for low budget that I recommend highly is called ‘Sananwan Palace’. It is a pleasure to stay in this family run and operated oasis. It’s just 25 minutes by taxi from the airport.

Room Rates

300 Baht room with Fan

600 Baht room with Air Con.

Sanawan Palace Guesthouse has a nice swimming pool, a sauna and gym. Room service and delicious food at your fingertips. It’s a little oasis in the Bangkok area and you will enjoy the old market at the canal close by and the new temple which is only a 5 minute walk from the guesthouse.

This guesthouse is in a district called Bangpli and it is a little bit difficult to find for taxi drivers but they do offer a pick up at the airport which costs just as much as hiring a taxi at the airport.

Looking For A Hotel Instead?

There are several Hotels also very close to the airport:

Avana Hotel is close to Bangkok Airport. 25 Km or 25 minutes by taxi from the airport This luxury hotel was previously known as Highway Inn Hotel. A 3 Star Hotel with Room Rates starting at 1000 Baht a night.

The Convenient Resort Suvarnabhumi Bangkok. This Hotel provides comfortable accommodation and is just five minutes away from Suvarnabhumi Airport and approximately 25 minutes from Bangkok City Centre. This resort offers a 24 Hour reception and is ready to serve you regardless of your flight arrival or departure time. Room rates start at less than 1200 Baht.

Floral Shire Resort is only 5 km or 3 miles from the Bangkok Airport. This resort offers free pick up and drop off at the airport. Room rates start at 1000 Baht. That’s about what the taxi would cost you.

The Grand Come Inn Bangkok. This Hotel is approximately 10 kilometers from the Suvarnabhumi Bangkok International Airport. Room Rates around 1600 baht.
Whether you are looking for a hotel for a one night lay over or for a long time stay, there are many options in the vicinity of the Bangkok International Airport.

 

Experience a Delicious Journey in Bangkok

Right from the Bangkok hotels to the Suvarnabhumi International Airport, shopping at the night markets to a noisy ride in a tuk tuk, the capital of Thailand is always capable of astonishing you. Visiting the city of Bangkok is a one-of-a-kind experience that no other city in the world can offer you. The ideal time to visit this city would be between November and February, as you will find the place to be relatively cooler than the rest of the year. Bangkok is well connected by most airlines that land at the Suvarnabhumi Airport while two domestic airlines still use the older Don Muang Airport.

Once you land in Bangkok, there are a number of activities that can keep you entertained, but the food is something you can’t afford to miss out on. With nearly 50,000 eateries in this city, you will never run out of options regardless of the cuisine you might be interested in. Thai food will be in abundance however, there is absolutely no shortage of classy restaurants catering to international cuisines with world-class standards. Depending on your budget, you can enjoy a great meal at a hygienic outlet for anywhere between 300 to 3000 Baht.

Walk on a Delectable Path

Known for its unique cuisine, Bangkok offers a delicious array of dishes with a fusion of Portuguese, Indian, Malaysian and Chinese recipes with the entire city enveloped with an aroma of delectable fragrances. As a talented race, the people of Bangkok have utilized fresh produce from the rich agricultural land of Thailand and have transformed their cuisine with a range of soups, dips, salads, broths, curries and other flavorsome dishes. Blending the goodness of Nature with fresh spices and herbs such as ginger, garlic, green and red chillies, spring onions, lemongrass and various ingredients, Bangkok offers its visitors a wholesome and wonderful spectrum of dishes that would tempt any palate.

The best of Bangkok’s restaurants are mainly located in Sukhumvit where you can find every single cuisine of the world represented be it Vietnamese, Burmese or a unique fusion of both. Prices in this area might lean towards a higher side but are worth it in all means.

For strict vegetarians, a simple tip to avoid meat ingredients in your food even by mistake is to get used to the word “jay”, which means vegetarian. There are certain areas where you can exclusively find vegetarian food, for example the Khao San Road is one such tourist friendly area.

Though not as hygienic, the Bangkok street food is rated as the most delicious food of city. Food carts can be found all over the place without requiring you to walk more than a 100 meters to find one. The Pad Thai, a national dish, is something you would want to experiment with when it comes to Thai food.