This research proves what we have always said, that keeping
a food diary is the best way to lose weight, but not only that, monitoring your
food intake will also improve overall health.
Poor nutrition and obesity is linked to chronic diseases
including type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and
The new research published in the March issue of Obesity shows that
monitoring calorie and fat intake is the best way to lose weight, but it is
viewed as so unpleasant and time consuming that many would be weight losers
don’t have the will power to do it.
After 6 months of an online behavioural weight loss
programme, researchers at the University of Vermont and the University of
Southern Carolina found that the most successful participants, losing 10% of
their body weight, spend an average of just 14.6 minutes per day recording
“People hate it; they think it's onerous and awful, but the
question we had was: How much time does dietary self-monitoring really
take?" said Jean Harvey, chair of the Nutrition and Food Sciences
Department at the University of Vermont and the lead author of the study.
"The answer is, not very much."
“Those who self-monitored three or more times per day, and
were consistent day after day, were the most successful,” Harvey said. “It
seems to be the act of self-monitoring itself that makes the difference.”
With summer just around the corner, this is the perfect time
to start keeping a food diary to lose weight and be healthier, so what are you
Start keeping your
food diary. Not only will you be more likely to lose weight if that’s what you
want to do, you’ll also be improving your overall health as you see which
micronutrients you are lacking and make changes to include more of them.
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