How Using a Food Journal Helps You Lose Weight
By Johnathan Zamora
When embarking on a weight loss plan – one of the most important factors that will determine success is having the right information. A new study, outlined below, demonstrates the effectiveness of taking a “nutritional snapshot” of your current eating habits by using a food journal in order to see better weight loss results.
Dr. Victor Stevens, senior investigator at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research conducted a study of over 1,500 overweight and obese adults over the age of 25. The six-month study encouraged participants to eat healthy and exercise regularly. The participants also met once a week to share their food journals and learn healthy eating habits – like how to judge portion size. Dr. Stevens reported that those participants who kept a food journal for 6 days a week – making note of everything they ate or drank lost twice as much weight as those who kept a food journal one day a week or less.
A food journal can be an extremely beneficial weight loss tool because it offers several benefits. It makes the user more accountable for the foods consumed and provides a visual record of eating habits users may or may not be aware of. For example, if someone doesn’t realize the reason they are ravenous at dinner is because they skip eating lunch everyday – the food journal provides a great way to spot areas that need improvement.
Here are some helpful tips for filling out your food journal:
- Write down EVERYTHING you eat or drink. Those few M&M’s in the office break room still count. To truly be successful, you must be honest with yourself and document what you eat.
- Write down your meal times. If you skip breakfast on Monday, then by lunchtime you’re eating everything in sight – a detailed food journal can help you realize where you can improve. The time between meals can be just as important as the foods eaten.
- Review your food journals. This is a great way to visually see your progress from week to week. By making these comparisons, you’ll more likely to achieve success by tracking your improvements. Increased energy, better fitting clothes and better sleep are all “side-effects” of eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly
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