The book of food: Keeping an eating diary

Jan 31, 2011

Keeping a food diary could keep the weight off

People who keep detailed written records of everything they eat and drink tend to have better luck losing weight and keeping it off, experts told HealthDay News.

A Connecticut weight-loss and diabetes specialist, Dr. Christopher Mosunic, told the news outlet such a daily journal is actually one of the most effective tools for weight loss available to dieters.

"I can split my patients into two groups. The food diary keepers and the nonkeepers. The people who keep diaries are usually very successful and I work with them for about 12 weeks. The people who don't are people I sometime see for years," he said.

Dieters who keep careful track of their caloric intake are more likely to be fully aware of everything they put into their bodies and willing to acknowledge their real dietary situation, Mosunic explained to HealthDay.

Successfully dieting can be a great way to lose weight and improve overall health, experts say, which can have the additional benefit of saving consumers significant amounts of money on health and life insurance premiums.

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