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Lose Weight By Tracking Your Food

You hear all the time that to lose weight, you should track what you eat. Well, a recent study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine shows that keeping a food journal may increase your weight loss efforts. Researchers told 1,685 overweight and obese adults to adhere to a reduced-calorie diet and asked to record their daily food intake. After 20 weeks, researchers discovered that more participants recorded what they ate, the more weight they lost. Participants who did not keep a food diary lost about 9 pounds, while those who recorded their food intake six or more days per week lost 18 pounds.

Clinical pearl is that by tracking your food, you become more accountable to what you put in your mouth and shows you exactly what you’re eating so you can make better, more informed choices.