A recent study on weight loss (sponsored by The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute) shows that dieters who write down everything they eat each day lose weight twice as much as those who don’t. Nutritionists and weight loss programs have brought this idea to the table for years and now this study proves that their idea was correct.
“Food diaries are a powerful self-management technique. They help you figure out where the extra calories are coming from,” says Victor Stevens, senior investigator at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research in Portland, Ore. “It works best if someone else looks over your food record. When you put yourself in a position where you are accountable for your behavior, it changes behavior.”
“These weight loss techniques work well with everybody, including African Americans, who are often underrepresented,” adds Stevens.
See what results you get with your own diary and let us know how it worked for you!