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Journaling Your Way to Weight-Loss Success

Posted by on Apr 23, 2011 | 1 comment

Lori Kaufman MS R.D., H.H.C

It has been proven that to succeed at losing weight, you have to pay attention not only to what you eat but also to what you write. As you follow a weight loss plan, writing down what you put in your mouth will help keep you from overeating. In fact, the National Weight Control Registry, a well-regarded, long-term weight-loss study, found that journaling is one of the most powerful tools used by people who have lost weight and kept it off. Here, four more reasons to start a journal today:

  1. You’ll be more aware of snacking. ?Quick: What did you eat yesterday? Sure, you can remember your meals, but what about those between-meal nibbles? It is recommended to have a mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack, but it’s often easy to overlook the other little bites you may inadvertently indulge in throughout the day. And they can add up. Writing everything down can help you be more aware of your eating habits.
  2. You’ll discover your diet detours. ?Are you a late-night snacker? Do you find yourself hitting the vending machine during the mid-afternoon lull? Or do you indulge in sweets when you’re unhappy, stressed, or even, paradoxically, when you’re especially happy? Knowing what your eating triggers are ahead of time will keep you on track. To break bad habits, you should record not only what and when you eat but also the circumstances that prompted you to overindulge and make bad choices.
  3. You’ll see results — quickly. ?If you’re committed to losing weight and improving your health, your food diary will give you a quick (and satisfying!) glimpse at the progress you’re making. Just compare entries from week to week. If you’re staying on track, you’ll see more veggies and whole-grains listed, while noting a downturn in processed carbohydrates and unhealthy fats. And seeing all those smart food choices will be positive reinforcement as you work toward your health and weight-loss goals.
  4. Making it easy for you! ?The best part of your journal is that it allows you to log your foods and track your progress. You can also jot down your thoughts and feelings, sort through challenges you’ve faced, and record your successes. Together, we can then ensure you achieve the desired outcome you always wanted but never thought you could attain.

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  1. Koren

    Lori is a health and wellness practitioner who loves working with brides in the weeks and months leading up to the most important day of their lives. Check her out – she’s got a local accent that will knock the socks off of you – and also completely disarm you. Prepare to love her!