Food Journal as Effective Tool for Weight Loss

Weight Loss

A research study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found the importance of keeping a food journal to people aiming to achieve weight loss.

According to the researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, the condition of overweight and obese post-menopausal women is linked to their self-monitoring and diet-related patterns and behavior. They found that participating women who kept food journals lost more pounds that those who disregarded their food intake. What is more interesting is that, the findings revealed that a person is more likely to lose more pounds by skipping meals than those who eat less frequently.

Weight lossThe lead author of the study suggests the need to know what food is eaten and how much food is consumed to make weight loss efforts effective.

Unrealistic goals are often the main barriers to losing weight, the study notes. It is impossible for a man weighing 250 pounds to lose 125 overnight. That is very unrealistic. It is advisable to start getting rid 5 to 10 percent of you starting weight.

Moreover, the researchers offered weight loss tips. Study participants were told that they should be honest when recording everything in their food journals and that the food portions they eat should be accurate. Also, they recommend the need for accountability while losing weight.

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