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article imageStudy: Food journals help dieters shed the pounds

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By Katerina Nikolas     Jul 14, 2012 in Health
Seattle - A new study into weight loss found that keeping a food journal aids in shedding the pounds. Women who meticulously recorded every morsel of food in a food journal lost on average six pounds more than those who did not keep a journal.
The new study, published on July 13 in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, concluded 'ladies who lunch' lose less weight than those who avoid eating out. Keeping a food journal proved to be the most effective method of helping in weight loss according to researchers who studied the dieting methods among 123 overweight woman aged 50 to 75.
Over the course of the one year study women lost an average of 11 percent of their weight, averaging a 19 pound weight loss. The women who used a food journal lost an average six additional pounds.
Health Finder reported Dr. Anne McTiernan, a research professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, said she and her colleagues concluded "Greater food-journal use predicted better weight-loss outcomes, whereas skipping meals and eating out more frequently were associated with less weight loss."
She advised β€œFor individuals who are trying to lose weight, the number one piece of advice based on these study results would be to keep a food journal to help meet daily calorie goals."
Although no men participated in the study Dr. McTiernan said the findings should be equally applicable for men.
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