Want to Keep Off the Weight? Journal It!

Dieters take note: women who keep a food journal, don’t skip meals and don’t eat out lunch at restaurants very often lose more weight than dieters who don’t follow these practices!

A new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center tracked the dieting habits of 123 overweight or obese post-menopausal women who followed a weight-loss program for a year. At the end, they lost an average of 19 pounds or about 11% of their starting weight after keeping a food journal of everything they ate.

A food journal is one of the easiest ways to keep track of what you are eating. Whether you blog your calories on a computer, a smart phone, a notepad, or paper towels, writing down and then reviewing what you eat will affect your eating patterns.

While this study focused on women, experts suggest that men should also try these behaviors to lose more weight!

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We will be publishing expert fitness and nutrition blogs from the In Motion experts through October as part of our Team Lean Challenge. You can also keep up with the weight loss group and learn expert weight loss tips on the official Bon Secours Hampton Roads Facebook page and Bon Secours In Motion Facebook page! Through this process, we hope our Bon Secours Wellness team will inspire others to begin or continue on their own wellness journey.

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