If you want to take off pounds, be honest with yourself about what you eat. If you’re dieting and fudging about the fact that you ate too much fudge, more weight may lie around your middle to reflect those fudgy lies.
According to a year-long study of dieters at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle:
- Women who kept food journals lost about 6 pounds more than those who didn’t write down what they ate.
- Women who didn’t skip meals lost 8 more pounds than meal skippers.
- Women who only ate lunch out less than once a week lost, on average, 5 more pounds than weekly restaurant diners.
The researchers advise you to:
- Be honest: Record everything you eat.
- Be accurate: Measure portions, read labels.
- Be complete: Include details such as how the food was prepared and the addition of any toppings or condiments.
- Be consistent: Always carry your food diary with you or use a diet-tracking app on your phone.