Monday, April 24, 2006
Reprint of article by Rebecca Pratt, "The Key to Weight Loss Success" as found in the Nutrition Section of the Spark Resource Center.
[Finally -- here it is. You have been waiting to hear these words for years...or at least as long the zipper on your skinny jeans hasn't budged. The key to weight loss success! It's not a shake, a supplement, or an exercise gizmo. You have it already- right at your finger tips.
"If I had to pick the most important thing people can do for weight loss, it would be keeping a food record," says Betty Kovacs, M.S., R.D., nutrition coordinator at St. Luke's Roosevelt Obesity Research Center in New York City. "This is the one thing that I can say has been proven to work for every single person."
Studies show that people who keep food journals lose more weight and keep more of that weight off in the long run. The National Weight Control Registry-– an ongoing research project tracking more than 3,000 people who’ve lost an average of 66 pounds and kept it off for five years– found that keeping a food journal is the one strategy used by the majority of successful dieters. In fact, in a study of 685 dieters conducted by a health insurance company, the best predictor of weight loss throughout the first year was the number of food records kept per week.]