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Want to Eat Healthier? Diet Tracking Does the Trick

Download Sharecare and use our food tracker to improve your health, one meal at a time.

The food you eat has a major impact on your health. A balanced diet built around nutritious foods—foods like vegetables and fruit, whole grains and legumes, lean protein sources like fish and healthy fats like olive oil—is associated with greater longevity and a much lower risk of chronic disease.  

Conversely, a poor diet full of foods that are high in sugar, sodium and unhealthy fats contributes to being overweight or obese, as well as increased risk of chronic illnesses like type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and cancer. 

One of the most effective methods for improving your eating habits and losing weight is using a food tracker like the one included in Sharecare, available for Android and iOS

Why diet tracking works  
It’s been said that success is a series of small decisions made over time. These can be the decisions to do something, or to not do something. If your goal is to lose weight, your small decisions may be things like “eat a smaller lunch each day” or “cook dinner each night instead of eating fast food.” Using a meal tracker allows you to focus on one meal at a time, and gives you motivation to keep making these decisions. 

Research has also shown that diet tracking can be a very effective tool for weight loss. In one study, participants who kept a detailed daily food journal lost twice as much weight as participants who did not keep a food journal. Why? Tracking your diet can help you: 

Stick to your diet plan. If you begin to see a direct correlation between your meals and your weight, you’ll probably stick to what works—and ditch what doesn’t. 

Better understand portion sizes. Tracking the calories, fat and nutrients in each meal will help you determine healthier portion sizes.  

Recognize patterns in your eating habits. Do you eat well throughout the day and then derail your diet at night? Or overindulge on the weekend? Tracking your meals will help you identify your healthy (and unhealthy) eating habits. 

Ready to get tracking? Sharecare is an easy way to keep track of your eating habits. All you need is your smartphone or desktop computer. Here’s how it works. 

For Android and iOS users: 

  • Diet is tracked manually via the Tracker. Input your breakfast, lunch and dinner to record how healthy your diet really is. 

For desktop users: 

  • If you don’t have a mobile device, diet can be tracked manually via the desktop Tracker. Input your breakfast, lunch and dinner to record how healthy your diet really is. 

The meals you track become part of an overall snapshot of your health that takes into account important factors like fitness, sleep, stress, weight and more. 

Medically reviewed in October 2019. Updated in March 2021. 

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