"A recent study found that keeping a food diary can significantly boost weight loss. Researchers found that those who kept daily food records lost twice as much weight as those who kept no records; and the longer food and physical activity records were kept, the more weight was lost. Simply writing down what you eat can encourage you to consume fewer and healthier calories. No one wants to write down two bags of chips and a double cheeseburger with super sized fries! Also, food journaling can help you identify cravings and eating triggers that may cause you to over eat. So think about writing down everything you consume... All of it... good or bad!"
Julie Fortenberry, LDN, RD
Sports and Lifestyle Nutritionist
Unconcious eating is a big problem and you can easily change the habit using a diary to record your food transgressions. Avoid white sugar and flour and stay away from pop and you are away to the races. Throw in some walking. Get a pedometer and do 10,000 steps minimum every day and your metabolism will do the rest. It is simple and still difficlt for some people.
It is simple yet still difficult for most people to maintain focus and motivation but if you persist you will acquire good habits. Set Realistic goals and be patient and trust the process and follow the plan you have set out for yourself.