New research has found that one of the best weight loss tools for women is a food journal. Researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center looked at different strategies that helped women maintain a diet-friendly calorie count. They found that a simple journal was most effective.
How to Keep a Food Journal
The September 2012 issue of IDEA Fitness Journal reported the study and offered four suggestions for keeping a food diary.
- Be honest. Don’t omit a food because it doesn’t look good on paper.
- Be accurate. Make sure you measure portions and use the Nutrition Facts Label to record correct data.
- Be complete. Include condiments, sauces, and calories that may have been added in preparing your food.
- Be consistent. Always carry your journal, or use a smartphone app to record everything all day long.
A food journal is also a helpful tool that your registered dietitian can use to evaluate your diet and make suggestions. If you’d like to work with a dietitian, get connected through your North Memorial primary care provider.