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Writing Your Way to Weight Loss

If you want to lose weight, write down what you eat!

Research from Kaiser Permanente's Center for Health Research provides evidence that keeping a food diary can double a person's weight loss.

A food diary is a necessity for any weight loss program

Writing down the food you eat makes you aware of what goes in your mouth. We often eat mindlessly and when we are not hungry. When we’re suddenly faced with having to write down that half of a cookie and handful of crisps, we are given a chance to reconsider our food choices.

A food diary will show you what you eat

You probably think you know exactly what you eat everyday. The truth is that most people eat more than three times everyday, and most of their extra calories can come from eating between meals.

A food diary can help you plan meals

At first, use your food diary to keep track of the meals that you eat. Over time, you can actually use your food diary to plan out basic meals and snacks in order to create a more balanced diet.

A food diary will help you meet your goals

Having a record of what you eat can help trainers, dieticians and healthcare professionals give you an honest and valid assessment of what to change in order to achieve weight loss or personal health goals.

One simple task makes a big difference

Keep a notebook or calendar handy to write down everything you eat or drink. Bring it to your visit with your trainer or dietician. 

Try using a free online journal

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