So, how are your New Year’s resolutions coming along? One of the most frequent areas of resolutions has to do with losing weight. There are many dieting books and resources available that can help you accomplish your dieting goals, but one that I recently came across that I thought might be worth trying is: Food Journaling.
The following is an excerpt from “The Power of Habit” by Charles Duhigg—it’s from a 2009 study from National Institutes of Health)
“People were asked to concentrate on writing down everything they ate for a week.—it was hard at first. The subjects forget to carry their food journals or would snack and not note it. Slowly however people started recording their meals once a week-and sometimes more often. —-but this keystone habit of Food Journaling, created a structure that helped other habits to flourish. Six months into the study, people who kept their daily food records had lost 2x as much weight as everyone else. ”
The effectiveness of Food Journaling came when people started documenting what, when, and how much they were actually eating.
It seemed that after a while the more they were writing down, “I ate a bag of chips and had a can of pop”, then a bit later, “I had some cookies”, etc. they sub-consciously started to take responsibility for their poor diets and began to realize they could do better than how they were currently doing.
So, if dieting is a resolution for you this year, or if you are a person that is seriously concerned about being excellent in this area of personal health, why not journal for a week what food is actually going in your mouth.
And if you are willing to do this for one week, let me push you one step further AND commit to showing someone your list at the end of the week. Okay?
Alright, with a fork in one hand and a pen in the other, let’s begin your week.
I’d be interested in knowing how your own personal study goes ?