If you want to lose undesired body fat, keeping food records is a good place to start. A new study reported in the August issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine reports that among 1,685 dieters, those who kept food records at least 6 days a week lost twice the weight of those who didn’t keep food records. (18 vs. 9 pounds).
Unfortunately, most of my clients hate to keep food records. Or, they keep them on “good days” but not on the days they overeat. Sound familiar?
Writing down what you eat takes energy. If you have the energy to eat well, you likely have the energy to write it down. On the flip side, if life is draining your energy, you feel stressed, and are eating poorly, you likely lack the energy needed to record what you consumed (nor do you want to face the facts). Yet, if you were to make yourself accountable on the “bad days,” you would likely eat less, and might even learn from the experience.
For example, you might learn that eating 10 Oreos did not solve any of your problems, rather just made you feel worse. The next time you feel tempted to smother your stress with cookies, you might think twice and ask yourself: “How many of these Oreo’s will solve my problems?” The answer, of course, is none. And the threat of having to record 10 Oreos might deter you from indulging. Give it a try?
Nancy Clark MS RD CSSD