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Food Diaries and Why Do We Need Them?

Posted Dec 15 2009 12:00am

Have you ever kept a food diary? They are very useful when you want to lose weight or even maintain your weight. When you write down everything you eat, you mentally acknowledge what you put in your mouth. No more mindless eating, because you need to get it on paper. It’s a move to keep you honest so you don’t lie to yourself. Studies show that people who keep food diaries or food logs, lose 50% more weight and keep it off. Some think the whole idea of a food diary is useless because you are the only one that sees it anyway. Perhaps. But if you periodically give it to a significant other or a friend to review, there is accountability, and more of a tendency to want to have the reviewer think highly of you. Would they think highly of you if you ate 6 donuts, a half gallon of ice cream and a box of cookies at night?

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