Food diaries help women lose weight

USA Today reports on a study published online in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics conducted by researchers with Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center of “the dieting habits of 123 overweight or obese post-menopausal women who followed a weight-loss program for a year.” They found that keeping a journal led to increased weight loss.

The Los Angeles Times reports in its “Booster Shots” blog that “the biggest factor in the study was the food journal. Those who turned them in more regularly lost an average of 12.8% of their weight, as opposed to below-average journal-keepers, who lost an average of 8.2%.”

The study also “found that…women who skipped meals lost almost eight fewer pounds over a year than the women who did not.”

WebMD points out that previous research has suggested that “keeping a food journal helps people shed pounds.”

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