The reason I bring up the "food log" is a recent study. Kaiser Permanente recruited 1700 participants and tracked their progress as they embarked on a weight loss journey. This moderate weight loss plan involved both exercise and a healthy diet.
It turns out that the dieters who kept a daily journal (or food log :) ) of every single thing they ate lost TWICE as much weight as those who did not.
Now the fact that loggers lost more weight does not surprise me in the least. But losing double what the others dieters did is simply astounding.
It comes back to a point I constantly harp on: Accountability. Keeping track of your eating habits keeps you accountable for what you consume. The majority of Americans vastly underestimate the amount of food they actually consume. The proof is in the waistline. When you write it down everything is right there in black and white. Hidden habits are uncovered, and nutritional missteps come to light.
“It had a very big impact,” one study participant noted. “If I was walking through the kitchen and wanted to grab a cookie or a brownie, I would think twice because I knew I had to write it down.”
Keeping track of your medical history can be difficult but it's necessary to get a complete picture of your overall health. This health journal makes it easier by recording the details in one place. Take it to medical appointments so that your doctor has all the information they need to provide you with the best care possible.