The log worked for me for a few reasons. First, when I look at a day of eating, I know exactly what I put in my body. There is a element of control; it is measured and I know how I did that day.
The second reason was I could see how my habits changed over time. I don't have a lot of logs saved; but when I look back on them now, it's amazing what I have learned! If I was trying to eat what I eat now when I first started, it wouldn't have worked. I would have been starving and would failed many more times than I did. I still use logs every once in a while. When I feel like I am stalling or haven't seen the scale move. Using a log, a lot of the time, will right the ship.
Lastly and most important is using log for accountability. Finding someone you can show your log to will help keep you in check. Before stopping at the connivence store and getting crap, be honest with yourself and the person you are sharing your log with....If I eat it, I log it.
Below is a copy of my first food log. Notice there is crappy food on it and healthy food. Just be honest.
Mac's food log 2/28/11
|The last thing on my mind when this picture was taken was a food log.|