Boot Camp Health and Fitness Tip – Importance for using a journal


Feb 07

Boot Camp and Personal Trainer Weight Loss and Fitness Tip of the Week

Dallas and Coppell Boot Camp and Personal Trainer Weight Loss and Fitness Tip of the Month – Food Journaling

In the August 2009 Issue of the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, a study was carried out regarding food journaling.  US researchers found that keeping a food diary can double weight loss as part of a managed program.  They said that the more consistent the records the more weight the participants lost. Here’s why:

“It seems that the simple act of writing down what you eat encourages people to consume fewer calories. Those who kept daily food records lost twice as much weight as those who kept no records “

This statement was made by Dr Jack Hollis, a researcher at Kaiser Permanente’s Center for Health Research in Portland, Oregon.

Dr Keith Bachman, a member of the Weight Management Initiative, said that the food diary doesn’t have to be a formal thing:

“Just the act of scribbling down what you eat on a Post-It note, sending yourself e-mails tallying each meal, or sending yourself a text message will suffice.”

The fact is, is that writing it down requires that you reflect on what you are consuming.  This makes us more aware of our tendencies towards food and provides us with the information we need that will help us change our habits and lifestyle for the better.

”Every day I hear patients say they can’t lose weight,” said Bachman, but “this study shows that most people can lose weight if they have the right tools and support. And food journaling in conjunction with a weight management program or class is the ideal combination of tools and support,” he added.

The Weight Management Initiative from Kaiser Permanente’s Care Management Institute has been recommending food journals as part of weight loss maintenance since 2002


The bottom line is:

Those who keep food journals on a consistent basis lose more weight!!!

There are MANY food tracking websites and even SmartPhone applications.  Some of these websites are: (Blackberry & iPhone)
(Google Phone)

Like Janet mentioned in her story, you can write in down on paper and then log it in at the end of the day.  It is easier than you think and the education AND results are amazing!