Food Diary: a Successful Weight-loss Tool
According to Time magazine, a multi-centre study in the USA found that, compared
to other methods of weight
loss, keeping a food diary helped slimmers to lose an average of 8kg in a
6-month period, whereas dieters who didn't keep diaries only lost 4kg.
down everything you consume, in great detail, like, eating seven peanuts, a
packet of ketchup can help you achieve striking weight
loss results. Most people think
that they know what they eat, but they possess a general idea and tend to have
selective memory, especially when it comes to the foods that aren't so good for
us. With a detailed food diary, you can see where those extra calories are
coming from. The records can help us to identify eating
habits that need to be modified.
Why the Need?
Many scientific studies have indicated that most people don't realize:
What they're eating
How much they're eating
Which foods are contributing the most to conditions such as obesity
Advantage of Using a Food Diary
healthier Eating by cut down
Scope for improvement: A food diary will show where your diet is
lacking. If you notice that you're eating enough vegetables or fruit,
you'll begin adding them to your diet. If you are a busy person, a food
diary will show you where you're missing out on certain types of food.
Time factor: A food diary will also reveal when you are you
eating. If you spend three or four nights per week eating late dinners, you
may realize that you should be eating earlier. A Northwestern University
study has found that eating at irregular times -- the equivalent of the
middle of the night for humans, when the body wants to sleep -- influences
Meal Pattern Identified: Your
food diary will also reveal if you're snacking too
much or not eating enough meals everyday. Not eating enough is as bad as over-eating because
it slows your metabolism down.
So pay close attention to when you're eating if you want to lose
Thus, by keeping a food diary, you get a better picture of your diet status and
stand a better chance to improve your weight loss results right away. Don't be
surprised if you lose weight soon after starting your food diary.
Dated 24 October 2013