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Have You Ever Kept a Food Journal?

Living 2012/07/14 20:39:24
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According to a recent study of 123 overweight and obese middle-aged women, methodically keeping a food journal is a very effective weight-loss strategy. Over the course of the year-long study by the Seattle-based Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, women who kept journals lost an average of 4% more body weight than women who did not.

“Knowing what you are eating and knowing how much you are eating seem to be the key," said Anne McTiernan, the director of the Hutchinson Center's Prevention Center that conducted the study. "For individuals who are trying to lose weight, the No. 1 piece of advice based on these study results would be to keep a food journal to help meet daily calorie goals."

Unsurprisingly, reading labels, measuring portions, and accurately recording everything you eat increases awareness of the types of foods and the number of calories you are consuming. Other strategies recommended by the study included eating regular meals and avoiding restaurants and takeout at lunchtime. Interestingly, the scientists discovered that skipping meals often backfires and leads to weight gain. They also found that women who never ate restaurant lunches lost an average of 3% more body weight than those who did so at least once a week.

So, what about you SodaHeads? Have you ever kept a food journal?

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  • LV321 2012/07/25 17:25:44
    Yes
    LV321
    +1
    Yes, for a week to find what I'm eating
  • BIG BAD JOHN R. 2012/07/21 17:07:34
    No
    BIG BAD JOHN R.
    Nope never
  • Margaret Jacobson 2012/07/17 21:52:52
    Yes
    Margaret Jacobson
    I do iot to make sure I get enough calcuim, vitamin D etc!! I have a hang up about weight gains and exercise !!
  • GwEN 2012/07/17 12:29:04
    Yes
    GwEN
    school project
  • beach bum 2012/07/17 11:01:05
    Yes
    beach bum
    yes
  • Inquisitve Kat 2012/07/17 06:01:51
    Yes
    Inquisitve Kat
    I keep track of every calorie... and I rarely go over 500-700 calories, daily. Once or twice a week, I'll allow around 1000 calories.
  • Foxylady 2012/07/16 23:52:22
    No
    Foxylady
    Never..
  • RJeffreySavlov 2012/07/16 23:17:57
    Yes
    RJeffreySavlov
    There is a great one online. CalorieKing.com
  • John T. 2012/07/16 18:03:08
    Yes
    John T.
    Had to for work.
  • Jacob Torres 2012/07/16 17:05:21
    Yes
    Jacob Torres
    +1
    People have the impression that caring about what you eat automatically constitutes an eating disorder. It doesn't.
    We have a much bigger problem arising from people not caring what they eat than from people caring too much.
  • Inquisi... Jacob T... 2012/07/17 06:03:34
    Inquisitve Kat
    I agree...

    In fact, I think eating 'recklessly' is a sign of an eating disorder in itself... too often, we assume eating disorders only affect the very thin.
  • xcheshirecat 2012/07/16 15:30:49
    Yes
    xcheshirecat
    to take good habits, now I don't need it anymore
  • DizziNY 2012/07/16 15:13:10
    Yes
    DizziNY
    Yes for a school project.
  • RobbyRhodes88 2012/07/16 14:48:02
    No
    RobbyRhodes88
    I haven't, but it's something I've been thinking of doing as one of my 2012 New Year's Resolutions. I guess I failed that resolution? But I am definitely going to start jotting down my food intake in the coming weeks, with more free time on my hands for the time being.
  • selena costa 2012/07/16 14:43:56
    No
    selena costa
    I dont have time for that shiz !
  • Tori 2012/07/16 14:25:58
    Yes
    Tori
    I'm not really self-disciplined enough to stay with it on a permanent basis, but I try to at least do a two week "reality check" once or twice a year. I find fitday.com to be very helpful.
  • issy 2012/07/16 13:48:34
  • Inquisi... issy 2012/07/17 06:04:13 (edited)
    Inquisitve Kat
    Watching what you eat isn't 'shallow', it's sensible.

    It doesn't mean you're on some 'pedestal'.
  • Kyle 2012/07/16 13:35:46
    No
    Kyle
    why would people keep a food journal it is beyond me i dont get it either im just saying
  • DizziNY Kyle 2012/07/16 15:14:08
    DizziNY
    +1
    It helps people see what and hw much they are eating. Some people need that.
  • MaysMillicent 2012/07/16 13:33:16
  • Shipra 2012/07/16 12:41:08
    No
    Shipra
    I want to gain weight it just dosen't happen
  • James 2012/07/16 10:58:34
    No
    James
    I found the best cure for being overweight! GET OFF YOUR LAZY ASS AND WORK!!! I will admit that there are SOME cases where everything is working against you and you legitimately can't lose weight due to your own health. But this is not the case for everyone. I started working on 4/27/12. Today, 7/16/12, I am 50lbs lighter than what I was nearly three months ago. Of course, what I started working as at first was unloading trucks at Walmart. Now I am Sporting Goods sales associate and weigh a measly 198. :]

    BOTTOM LINE; WORKING IS FUN!!!!
  • AN 2012/07/16 10:06:55
    No
    AN
    but i do think of what i eat, just don't need a journal to remind me. It might be helpful to others though.
  • Man_Bear_Pig 2012/07/16 07:12:10
    Yes
    Man_Bear_Pig
    I use an app. Apparently I was eating wayyyy too much sodium and carbs :(
  • Merlin 2012/07/16 05:15:31
    No
    Merlin
    I'm sure it's helpful to some people but food isn't my problem lol.
  • Sammy 2012/07/16 04:46:40
    Yes
    Sammy
    I do everyday. Its a good habit.
  • serethiel 2012/07/16 04:11:14
    Yes
    serethiel
    keeping one right now (not right right now)
  • Madi 2012/07/16 03:40:07
    Yes
    Madi
    I was never able to stick with it though.
  • Angryface01 2012/07/16 03:37:19
    Yes
    Angryface01
    I am diabetic. I've had to do this in the past so the nutritionist could get a grip on what I like to eat. Then she made "substitutions" for me... :(
  • Jenni 2012/07/16 03:16:21
    No
    Jenni
    I'm trying to gain weight, so no.
  • rereblue 2012/07/16 01:52:23
    No
    rereblue
    I don't and I won't, I know my flaws in my diet, I don't need to remind myself all the time. It seems like that could turn into a very unhealthy obsession.
  • Kitsune Touhou 2012/07/16 01:41:39
    Yes
    Kitsune Touhou
    My teacher made me. I lost it in my desk.
  • Kitsune... Kitsune... 2012/07/16 01:42:32
    Kitsune Touhou
    I never even filled it out lol
  • robbt1 2012/07/15 23:44:33
    Yes
    robbt1
    +2
    I had to for a class. God it made me feel grateful for my metabolism, 'cause based on what I eat I should be about 300 pounds.
  • Scooter 2012/07/15 23:34:43
    No
    Scooter
    Just a grocery list.
  • Torchy 2012/07/15 23:32:11
    Yes
    Torchy
    +1
    I gained weight at the end of college, and I lost it all (50 lbs) with a food journal. Seeing the numbers really helped improve my diet and portion control.
  • hannah 2012/07/15 23:29:29
    No
    hannah
    ill be too lazy to keep up with anything like that. lolziez and besides im going to have a lot of other stuff to do so i wouldnt have time for that.
  • meltrab9194 2012/07/15 23:19:38
    No
    meltrab9194
    but my sister and cousin have and it helped them A LOT when they were losing weight,i just don't think it'll work for me. i never even kept up with my school journals or my own diary
  • Dave Sawyer ♥ Child of God ♥ 2012/07/15 23:13:58
    Yes
    Dave Sawyer ♥ Child of God ♥
    +1
    I have been keeping a food journal for years.

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