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Self-monitoring is a proven way to lose weight

Self-monitoring is a proven way to lose weight. Many doctors and dieticians ask patients to keep a food diary as the simple act of monitoring what you eat has been proven to change behaviour.

Kaiser Permante study: keeping a food diary doubles weight loss

A US study by Kaiser Permanente's Center for Health Research in Portland, Oregon, concluded that keeping a food diary doubles diet weight loss.

"The more food records people kept, the more weight they lost", said lead author Jack Hollis Ph.D. "Those who kept daily food records lost twice as much weight as those who kept no records. It seems that the simple act of writing down what you eat encourages people to consume fewer calories."

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Nutracheck research presented at XI International Conference on Obesity

Dr Fiona Johnson, Research Psychologist, UCL, London, presented Nutracheck's own research at the Xl International Conference on Obesity conference in Stockholm. The research found that the longer people kept a food diary for, and the more food diary entries they made, the more weight they lost.

Diet v exercise?

An increasingly sedentary lifestyle and lack of exercise is often blamed for the obesity epidemic. However, research shows we have to refocus on food intake, as exercise alone is not enough to tackle the issue.

A study of the US obesity "epidemic" - a precursor of world dietary trends - suggests that there hasn't been any significant reduction in levels of exercise in the past 30 years, concluding that the surge in obesity is a result of excessive calories.

And researchers at the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention, at Deakin University in Victoria, Australia, said that the findings would be reflected in other industrialised countries too. Read article

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