Perhaps the single-most important reason for keeping a journal (other than the fact that people who use a food journal are twice as likely to lose weight) is the issue of accountability. You’ve probably heard the expression that “the road to hell is paved with good intentions.” When it comes to good intentions to lose weight, we’re not talking about a country road to hell, we’re talking an interstate highway! There’s no question that we tend to take the sting out of our shortcomings by minimizing our transgressions. We tell ourselves, I wasn’t thinking about what I was eating, but it couldn’t have been that much. I remember my wife once saying that the easiest thing in the world is borrowing money, and the hardest thing in the world is paying it back. We could say the same thing about dieting. It’s easy to say you’re going to watch what you eat, but actually watching every mouthful is a totally different story. What we’re talking about is accountability, accepting the responsibility to make your actions consistent with your intentions.