Keeping a food journal can help you lose more weight, according to a new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics [ABCNews].
In a study of 123 women, researchers found that those who completed food journals lost nearly six pounds more than those who didn’t track what they ate. What’s more, the researchers also found that women who skipped meals lost eight pounds less, while women who ate lunch out at least once a week lost five pounds less.
To start your own food journal, grab a notebook and record what you’re eating and drinking throughout the day, how hungry or thirsty you feel, and where you’re eating your meals. Over time, you’ll be able to notice patterns (portion control, etc.), and you can use this to make healthy changes.