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July 25, 2008

Weight Loss: Using Food Diaries Doubles Weight Loss - Study Shows

A recenthttp://fitwoman.com/images/blog/fooddiary.jpg 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."

Food diaries are an excellent way of  helping anyone who is willing to live a healthy lifestyle as well as a way of avoiding those bad diets that do make you lose weight unhealthfully.

“These weight loss techniques work well with everybody, including African Americans, who are often underrepresented,” adds Stevens.

Using a food diary, as part of a healthy eating lifestyle, can also help you curb overeating due to stress or emotions, and a fitness diary is a great tool for overcoming exercise obstacles.

See what results you get with your own diary and let us know how it worked for you!

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Food diaries have been one of the key tools on my weight loss journey. I didn't start by keeping one but I noticed that when I started writing down everything I ate, it was easier to look back and track my progress. I also learned they can be as simple or as intricate as you'd like.

Posted by: Cintia | Jul 25, 2008 9:58:46 AM

Keeping a diary - including photos - and making it public has been invaluable to me. In April, I set a goal of losing 50 pounds in a year to celebrate my 40th birthday. I had no idea how I was going to do it. After reading and visiting blogs like this, I decided to start my own blog and invite people to check up on me. It's really helped me feel accountable, and I've lost 17.5 pounds so far!

Posted by: Chris | Jul 25, 2008 11:05:57 AM

Food diaries really do work, and there are some nice ones online that make it easy. I use NutriMirror. I love it because in addition to counting my calories it also lets me know how nutritionally balanced my foods are when it comes to getting me the right amounts of important vitamins and minerals.

Posted by: Food Diary | Jul 25, 2008 1:41:39 PM

sometimes when clients hem and haw about using a food journal i offer to do it with them for a week, and its very obviousto me it effects my eating. mainly i just tend to cut out the little handfuls of stuff here and there because im lazy and dont want to write it down.


Posted by: Every Gym's Nightmare | Jul 27, 2008 2:18:24 PM

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