Exercise, nutrition and weight loss programs (almost universally) make use of food diaries to measure food and increase awareness of consumption. As much as I like to be contrarian, these guys have the right idea.
Research tells us that by being aware of what we eat we eat less. This works not only on a micro scale (per meal), but also on a much larger scale – with a long-term nutrition plan.
This awareness takes the form of a food diary, some form of record of what you are eating. The real benefit of this lies not in seeing a representation of your eating plan, but in eating differently because you know you are going to have to record your meal’s contents.
Research tells us your diary doesn’t have to be elaborate, nor does it have to be organised and structured. Even something as simple as writing down what you ate on a scrap of paper, or emailing it to yourself is powerful enough to reduce overall caloric intake.
This technique doesn’t even have to be long term. It can be an effective way of breaking habits and creating new healthier ones.
Give it a try. The numbers point to double the weight loss by writing down what you eat.
Sourced from: ’59 Seconds’, Professor Richard Wiseman. Pan Publishing, 2010.
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