A new study published in the journal ‘Obesity’ had about 150 people track what they ate for six months as part of a weight-loss program. By the end, those who lost the most weight had spent just under 15 minutes a day on average logging their intake. Their motto: “Write it when you bite it.”
Another study conducted by researchers at the University of Vermont and the University of South Carolina, found those who lost 10% of their body weight (the most successful of the bunch) spent an average of 23.2 minutes recording their intake every day during the first month of the program.
Recording 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.
What is the trick?
It is the self-monitoring which makes the difference and not the time spent recording it. Once you start recording your daily food habits, you will start eating consciously. You will avoid junk and processed food. By implementing this habit, you can also put an end to the unnecessary snacking you do during the whole day.
All you need to do is take 15 minutes out during the whole day and pen it down. You can divide the time during the whole day to record your food intake. For example- You can spend 5 minutes after breakfast, lunch and dinner each to record your intake. This will help you keep a regular check on what you eat and make you a more conscious eater.
You must also include 30 minutes of exercise in your daily routine which will help you lose your weight faster. Inculcating a regular workout routine along with the above given ‘tracking tip’ will help you shed those kilos in no time.