Very wise Stingo. I remember from my Weight Watcher days they called this BLT's (Bites, Licks, & Tastes). It all adds up. Good point on the measuring in grams too. Another thing they pushed at Weight Watchers. It is amazing how much food you can shove into a measuring cup. Or how much it can run over and still be called a cup.
"Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there" - Will Rogers
"I'd rather be running a marathon than playing Bomberman Live with Chris."
It's not only that you track, but how and what you track too, I'd think. Some (like me, formerly), wouldn't track "incidentals" like the slice of tomato and lettuce on a turkey burger or the amount of cooking spray used, but those calories add up. Also too, tracking in weight versus volume helps too. Putting everything into grams helps me measure exactly what I'm eating, rather than relying on a more nebulous measure (not all half cups or cups are created equal.)
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I saw that article featured in Yahoo! yesterday and my thought were: "Oh, really??! Wow, re-discover the wheel!"
This "new" study has been around for decades!
Anyways, forgetting about my anger at the press for thinking we do not check anything at all, it is true that tracking is very important, and it works :) Now when someone comes up with a pill that gives you the will o track, the reat fool-proof diet will have been invented!
Edited by: HHHBYE at: 7/8/2008 (20:58)
If you *think* you can do something, or that you cannot, either way, *you are right*
This is so true. I noticed with me, when I record what I eat for the day, I do a lot better than if I don't. I really get to see the total add up and it makes me think twice about eating something (not so good) the next time around.
A new study suggests that a piece of paper – and the willingness to use it – could be what stands between you and a healthier weight. That's one conclusion from a report released today.
A team of scientists at Kaiser Permanente's Center for Health Research in Portland, Ore., recruited 1,685 men and women, ages 25 and older, to participate. All were overweight or obese and had high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol.
"There is a common myth that most people have trouble losing weight and can't lose enough weight to make a difference," said Victor J. Stevens, senior investigator at Kaiser Permanente and a co-author of the study, which was supported by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and appears in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. "This study demonstrated that most people can."
About two-thirds of participants lost weight, shedding on average 12 pounds – far less than what most dieters dream, but enough to significantly reduce their blood pressure and cholesterol.
What helped was attendance at weekly group meetings on nutrition and behavior change, and keeping a daily written record of food and activity.
"This is pretty simple," Mr. Stevens said. "It doesn't have to be high-tech." By tracking how much food they ate, participants were more likely to eat less.
Participants said that they hated the record-keeping, but it worked.
Some record-keepers are using online systems that do the math for them. One is $55 for a year's membership, but there are other sites with calorie counters that are free: fitday.com , mypyramidtracker.gov, nutritiondata.com, sparkpeople.com.
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