Keeping track of fat loss on a weight-loss program may seem time consuming or stressful, let’s all be honest. However, the people who take a few minutes for write down what they eat are the ones who actually lose weight.
A new study published in the journal Obesity had almost 150 individuals track what they consumed for six months as part of a fat-loss program. By the end, those who lost the most weight spent just under 15 minutes a day on average recording their intake. Their motto: “Write it when you bite it.”
When you think about it, 15 minutes is not that long. It’s only half of your favorite TV show or the time you quickly scroll through your favorite social media app on a daily basis.
Log What You Eat
During the study, carried out by researchers at the University of Vermont and the University South Carolina, it was discovered that people who lost ten percent of their body weight spent about 23 minutes logging their intake each day during the first thirty days of the fat-loss program. By the sixth month, the time was reduced by about 15 minutes.
Logging their intake meant “recording the calories and fat for all foods and beverages they consumed, as well as the portion sizes and the preparation methods,” according to the study.
Taking more time recording did not equal more weight loss. However, how often a person logged into the tracking program actually did.
Self-Monitoring Helps You Lose Weight
“Those who self-monitored three or more times per day, and were consistent day after day, were the most successful,” Jean Harvey, chair of the Nutrition and Food Sciences Department at the University of Vermont and the lead author of the study, said in a press release. “It seems to be the act of self-monitoring itself that makes the difference—not the time spent or the details included.”
I understand how difficult weight loss can be and the fact that tracking results may seem time consuming. This study just sheds light on how easy and important it is to have a diet tracking app to make sure your weight loss is successful. If taking 15 minutes to log what you eat will help you lose extra pounds, I think it is worth a try.
Source: Lauriello. S. “Scientists Swear By This Weight-Loss Trick That Only Takes 15 Minutes a Day” www.health.com 25 February 2019
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