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Weight Management using a Food Diary

I just heard on NPR that a new Kaiser Permanente study has found that people who keep a food diary loose more weight, and keep the weight off better than people who don't. It was a pretty good sized study, and the people all received the same diet counseling and assistance, only some kept a food diary and some did not. The ones who did lost the most weight, and also were able to stabilize at their new weight. Part of the program was calculating caloric intake based on the diary, and sharing the diary with others in the group. The ones who did not keep a food diary lost less weight and were more likely to pile the pounds back on.

I suppose that this highlights something very fundamental about the way we eat. We eat what we want, not really knowing if it is good for us or not, just doing so out of habit or convenience. If we take the time to record exactly what we take in, and to understand the implications of that intake in terms of calories and nutrition, we are educating ourselves about the value of our food. That education is a permanent change. Once a person grasps how many calories they take in with soda pop or french fries, and how nutritionally empty those calories are, they will naturally begin to choose other foods out of self interest.

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sicnet
Jul. 9th, 2008 05:46 am (UTC)
iPhone/iPod touch nutrition journal
Another option to track your progress is iScale an iPhone and iPod Touch application.

See for yourself! www.allofzero.com

--Derrek
liveonearth
Jul. 9th, 2008 06:08 am (UTC)
Re: iPhone/iPod touch nutrition journal
Interesting! You created this program? I would be interested in playing with it to see what you have done. It's a very good idea!

I have to say that in my whole life I have never had a breakfast burrito that was only 250 calories. What with all the eggs, cheese, potatoes and whatnot, mine usually roll in at ~800-1000 calories. YUM.
(Anonymous)
Jul. 9th, 2008 06:15 am (UTC)
Re: iPhone/iPod touch nutrition journal
Do you have an iPhone or iPod touch? It will be available starting friday July 11th for download from the iTunes App Store. :)

The breakfast burrito just has eggs cheese and a wrap. all light/non-fat as possible. :) Weight Watcher's friendly and all that!
liveonearth
Jul. 9th, 2008 04:46 pm (UTC)
yuck
Light and low fat are not on my diet, not will I recommend them to my patients when I am a doctor. We are on a whole different page about weight management.
sicnet
Jul. 9th, 2008 06:16 am (UTC)
Re: iPhone/iPod touch nutrition journal
Do you have an iPhone or iPod touch? It will be available starting friday July 11th for download from the iTunes App Store. :)

The breakfast burrito just has eggs cheese and a wrap. all light/non-fat as possible. :) Weight Watcher's friendly and all that!
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