Those of you on a diet, pay attention! A new research has found that maintaining a food diary faithfully and not skipping meals could be one of the safest and surest ways of shedding weight. This research has been found to be most beneficial to obese postmenopausal women. The study by Anne McTiernan is the first to look at the impact of a wide range of self-monitoring and diet-related behaviors and meal patterns on the weight of such women.
“When it comes to weight loss, evidence from randomised, controlled trials comparing different diets finds that restricting total calories is more important than diet composition such as low-fat versus low-carbohydrate,” said McTiernan. “Therefore, the specific aim of our study was to identify behaviors that supported the global goal of calorie reduction,” McTiernan added.
In a comparison it was found that women who maintained journals consistently lost about 6 kilos more than those who did not. While women who reported having regular meals lost eight more kilos than those who dint. “For individuals who are trying to lose weight, the No. 1 piece of advice based on these study results would be to keep a food journal to help meet daily calorie goals,” said McTiernan. Some of the tips for keeping a food journal are: Be honest – record everything you eat; be accurate – measure portions, read labels; be complete – include details such as how the food was prepared, and the addition of any toppings or condiments; be consistent – always carry your food diary with you or use a diet-tracking application on your smartphone. The analysis was based on data from 123 overweight-to-obese, sedentary women, aged 50 to 75 years, who were randomly assigned to two arms of a controlled, randomised year-long dietary weight-loss intervention study.