Tips from Weight Loss Management Specialist
When is the last time you were asked what you had for dinner last night, only to think, “I can’t remember what I had for breakfast this morning, let alone last night’s dinner!” Many of us are so busy in our daily lives that we don’t pay much attention to what, where, when, or why we eat, according to Dr. Luiza Petre, cardiologist and medical director for three Medi-Weight Loss Clinics. “Being aware of what you eat is a crucial part of the weight loss process. A food diary is an important tool to help you be mindful of your food intake, and take accountability for it. It can also provide insight into your eating patterns and help you identify diet or lifestyle changes that will help you reach your weight goal.”
According to a year-long study of weight loss in overweight or obese women, published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (September 2012), the No. 1 strategy for taking off unwanted pounds is to record everything you eat or drink in a food journal. If you are serious about losing weight, keeping such records is a must! This activity, according to Dr. Petre, helps you to become aware of every bite you eat, helping you to eat fewer calories.
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