UCLA Campus    |   UCLA Health    |   School of Medicine Translate:
UCLA Health It Begins With U

UCLA Fit for Healthy Weight Program


Keeping a Diet Diary

Keeping a Dietary Record

A Dietary Record is a descriptive list of the food items you consume over a period of time. It helps you keep track of what you're eating and in what quantities. It is a great tool for us to see what your likes and dislikes are, and allows us to find areas where we can help you to make improvements. Filling out a dietary record is completely voluntary on your part. You can fill one out just for you, and only you, to see.   

Tips on how to record your diet:

  • For at least two consecutive days, record everything you eat and drink throughout the day.
  • When recording your diet, pay attention to the serving sizes you consume (ex. 1 slice, 1 cup, etc.).
  • Take note of how each item was cooked (boiled, baked, fried, steamed, sauteed) .
  • Don't forget condiments (ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, ranch, etc.).
  • Be as descriptive as possible (ex. low-fat, white or whole wheat bread, low-sodium, etc.).


UCLA Rated One of the Top Hospitals in the Nation