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- Dietary monitoring or tracking of nutrition helps to lose weight, but many shy away from it, because it seems too time consuming. [19659005Anewstudypublishedinthejournal Obesity states that tracking food takes less than 15 minutes a day when you get the hang of it.
- You do not have to go into detail either: a careful description of your intake did not lead to better results, but more frequent check-ins led to it.
Tracking food – finding out when to eat – is a proven way to lose weight. A study of nearly 1,700 participants in 2008 showed that keeping a food diary can double your weight loss if you're trying to lose unwanted pounds.
It works, but the problem is, it's also considered a huge, time-consuming backache. So some people do not even bother.
But the reality is that once you get the hang of it, it does not take so much time – less than 15 minutes a day for a new study published in the journal Obesity was published by researchers from the University of Vermont and the University of South Carolina.
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When the researchers collaborated on the data, e.g. For example, how much time each participant spent recording the food and how many times they logged in, they found that the most successful volunteers – who had lost 10 percent of their body weight – spent an average of 23.2 minutes a day eating their food of the first month. At the end of the study, they only reached 14.6 minutes per day after six months of tracking.
The best news, however, is that you do not have to oversee every bite you put into your mouth, or pull out a food scale: you just have to write down what you eat when you eat it. The study participants, who spent more time filling out details, did not get better results. Those who checked in frequently did so.
"Those who monitored themselves three or more times a day and were consistent day after day were the most successful," Harvey said in the publication. "It seems to be the act of self-monitoring that makes the difference – not the time spent or the details."
So, if you're stuck and trying to move the scale in your direction, you may want to monitor your intake of food with one of the many online diet monitoring apps, such as: B. My Fitness Pal. "It's extremely effective and it's not as hard as people think," Harvey said in the publication.