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Keeping Food Diary Doubles Weight Loss July 14, 2008

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Keeping Food Diary Doubles Weight Loss

Dieters may be able to take solace in the fact that one of the most powerful weight-loss tools available may be as close as a pen and paper.

In a recent study by the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research, participants who kept food journals lost almost double the weight of their nonjournaling counterparts.

And at a time when Americans spend $35 billion a year on weight-loss products -- a figure larger than the gross domestic product of most developing countries -- the finding could be good news for those searching for an inexpensive route to a healthier weight.

The study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, focused on the efficacy of various behavioral weight-loss interventions in more than 1,500 overweight and obese adults. Participants were schooled on lifestyle interventions, which included weekly group sessions, regular exercise, a heart-healthy diet, reduced alcohol consumption and the use of food diaries.

According to research, there are many benefits to losing weight. If you get to the ideal weight for your height, it can help to lower your cholesterol levels and blood pressure. You will dramatically lower your risk of health problems such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease, as well as increase your life expectancy.

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