So I have never kept a accurate and good food log. So do the members here have any tips on this?
Perhaps a type of notebook? Do you write down your workouts for a week / month ahead of time? Do you plan your meals out a few days / week ahead of time? Is there a certain style of writing in the log that you find most useful?
Also keep track of how long you are resting as this can be a major factor in how tough your next set is.
As far as food goes -
Just plan an average day. How many meals, at what times, how many calories/protein/carbs/fats. Read nuritional facts on everything and request it if you are at a restaurant. Once you memorize what each meal is, you won't need the log anymore.
Workout logs are critical. Whatever system you like best, but make sure you're tracking what you're doing so that you can evaluate progress or lack thereof.
As for food logs, I like to record my meals as I go through the day with a general goal in mind for the day. I've been tracking my food intake for the last 6 years or so, so I have a pretty good idea what 2400 cals, 3000 cals, is going to look like for me. My fiance does it differently. She'll map out her entire day the night before, and then just execute what she laid out. It works really well for her...
So there you go...two different ways to get to the same goal. If you're just starting out, it might make the most sense to do it like my fiance does. Use fitday.com - very easy and user-friendly.
That composition book should be perfect for your training. I've always preferred journals about that size for that purpose.
As for the food log, keeping it with you is a very good idea when you're starting out. I used to do the same and you'll quickly realize it's a pain in the ass to constantly pull that bitch out to jot down the same old shit. But it's extremely important to track your nutrients, so don't give up. You'll be very glad.
Agree with Bango, the log book is crucial. It is also a test of willpower. Have to write down what you eat, have to beat last week's squat, have to, have to. It's a pain in the ass! But if you keep it up, you can guarantee that you will get the body you really want. Like Chuck Norris, the log book does not sleep, it waits.
one thing I've started doing with the food log is not writing the foods down, just the number, I have a little notepad that I write the grams carbs fat and protein that I've eaten. At first I kept a huge binder and wrote everything down till I got the hang of it. It's pretty cool to look back at your workout journal, I can see what ridic shit I was doing two years ago lol
I agree...My roommate and I went to college together, and he trains his ass off just like I do. The other day he was looking through his training log from like 2001. I suggested some time in the near future I bust my old logs out too and we play the game, "What did you do on February 19th in 2003? I hit a PR in squats...etc"