Tracking everything you eat and drink during the day can help you lose weight – but despite their effectiveness, people often do not want to try it.
However, a new study suggests that monitoring your diet may not be the same
The study found that after six months of diet monitoring as part of a weight loss program, participants who lost weight spent an average of less than 15 minutes per day , recording your diet
. The study, published today (February 25th) in the Obesity magazine, is the first to accurately determine how long such dietary self-control actually takes for people who are successfully losing weight, according to researchers. [7 Tips for Moving Toward a More Plant-Based Diet]
"People hate it, they think it is painful and terrible, but the question we had was: How long does dietary self-control really take?" Leading author of the study, Jean Harvey, chairman of the Department of Food and Nutrition Sciences at the University of Vermont, said in a statement. "The answer is not so."
The researchers said they hope that the results will motivate more people to try dietary self-control. "It's very effective, and it's not as difficult as people think," said Harvey, who also noted that programs to track food intake are widely available.
Affected Obesity and Participated in Online Weight Loss Program. The program included a weekly meeting for 24 weeks for online sessions that discussed weight loss strategies ̵
. daily food intake. The site also tracked how long they spent on the task, and how often they were logged in.
In the first month of the study, participants spent 23.2 minutes a day, on the average, tracking food intake. By the end of the study, participants reduced this time to 14.6 minutes a day, on average.
It's interesting that those who lost weight did not spend more time tracking their diet than those who lost less weight. But the most successful participants had more frequent and consistent registration data on the monitoring site. For example, those who lost at least 10 percent of their body weight after six months registered an average of 2.7 times a day, on average, compared with 1.7 times a day, on average, for those who lost less than 10 percent of their weight body
In addition, those who lost at least 10 percent of their body weight recorded their meals more than 20 days a month, compared with only 11 days a month for those who lost less than 10 percent of their body weight
. ] "It's probably an act of self-control that makes a difference – not time spent or detailed," Garvey said
. electronic self-monitoring, and not necessarily monitor pencil and paper. In addition, the study involved people who participated in the weight loss program as part of a clinical trial, so the results may not necessarily be the same for people who are not in the weight loss program.
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