Double Your Weight Loss with 1 Simple Step

Double Your Weight Loss with 1 Simple Step

If someone told you that with just one simple step you could double your weight loss — wouldn’t you try it? Well, it turns out, there is a quick trick that may help you do just that!  According to a study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, tracking what you eat (i.e. keeping a food diary) can double a person’s weight loss.

Researchers found that those who kept daily food records lost twice as much weight as those who kept no records. It seems that the simple act of writing down what you eat can help you consume fewer calories.  So, if you are thinking about starting a weight loss plan — or if you’ve already started but don’t currently track your food — start jotting!

Tracking your food intake doesn’t have to be a time-consuming process.  Simply scribbling down what you eat in a notebook or sending yourself e-mails tallying each meal will suffice. It’s the process of reflecting on what you eat that helps you to become aware of your food intake and habits.

I love the idea of tracking.  Even if you aren’t looking to lose weight, keeping a written record of food and fitness can help you improve your current routine.  I fully support going ‘old school’ and tracking with pen and paper. But if you’re looking to go a bit more high tech, there is a terrific review of food, fitness and relaxation apps in the Wall Street Journal. According to WSJ, there are over 400,000 software applications for smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices.  And at least 10,000 aim to help with diet and exercise!!

For a the full review of the top food and fitness apps, check out the article here.  Whether you are a tech geek or pen-and-paper fanatic, tracking could be your key to weight loss success!

— Katherine

Reference: http://www.ajpmonline.org/article/S0749-3797(08)00374-7/abstract

Comments

  1. Great Article!!
    In the past, the most difficult problem for me was to stick to the diet/fitness. Old bad habits are the real enemy in weight loss. Many of the exercise programs actually do work, but if you do not have the proper mindset for it, then it is already uphill from the start. I found a free book on http://weightpsyche.gr8.com that really helped me. If you get your mind straight, then you will find it so much easier.

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