Journaling can help you lose weight and improve your health. In fact, there is a lot of research supporting the positive impact journaling has on your overall food intake each day.
The idea is simple: If you bite it, you write it.
Journaling holds you accountable and can help you see your progress. Food journal keeping is easy.
You just keep your journal with you as often as possible and use it to track meals, beverages, and exercise. There are even food journals for you to buy if you wish to do so.
Why keep a food journal? Because journaling to lose weight works. Get this:
Keeping a daily food diary can double a person’s weight-loss, according to a study from Kaiser Permanente’s Center for Health Research. “Those who kept daily food records,” said author Jack Hollis Ph.D., “lost twice as much weight as those who kept no records. It seems that the simple act of writing down what you eat encourages people to consume fewer calories.”
“The process of reflecting on what you eat that helps us become aware of our habits, and hopefully change our behavior,” says Keith Bachman, MD, a Weight Management Initiative member. “Every day I hear patients say they can’t lose weight. This study shows that most people can lose weight if they have the right tools and support.”
Combined with healthy eating and moderate exercise, over 1,700 patients were able to lose an average of 13 pounds. Losing as little as five pounds can reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure by 20 percent.
Add journaling to your dieting regime and be healthier!” (Source: Penzu)
You can see that there is good reason to consider getting started keeping a food journal today. Do it for your health. You’ll be glad you did!
Until next time, journal on…
Jill Schoenberg, Journal Buddies award-winning author