A recent study by the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research found that dieters who kept track of what they ate in a food journal lost twice as much weight compared those who didn't.
The results of this study point to food diaries as an inexpensive and straightforward method for weight-loss.
Sites like Fitday.com, and 2000cal.com offer free online services, where you can track what you eat and how many calories it costs you, on-line. Both sites allow dieters to monitor both their food intake and exercise and set personal goals.
MyFoodDiary.com offers a similar service, for a small monthly fee.
Today, with high hopes, our "World News" staff gave our very own food diary a try:
Dry bagel & water
Salad: ham, lettuce, pineapple, egg, peas, raisins, Asian noodles, fat-free dressing
Tom N. (Senior Broadcast Producer):
Bagel with cream cheese & coffee
Salad: lettuce, cole slaw, chicken salad, broccoli, carrots, tomatoes, feta cheese
Brownie & coffee
Breakfast sandwich: scrambled egg whites, turkey, lowfat cheese, jalapenos on soy pita
8 pretzel nuggets
Vegetarian Jambalaya, orange pepper slices, edamame
STU (Senior Producer):
Bagel with lite cream cheese
Orange juice and coffee
Chicken salad sandwich on rye with lettuce and tomato
Fat free raspberry yogurt
Low fat chocolate milk
KATE (Foreign Editor):
1 lowfat blueberry yogurt
18 Nilla wafers
Burrata cheese, tomatoes with olive oil and pepper
Swiss chard w/olive oil and pine nuts
Bowl of blueberries and raspberries with whipped cream
1 bottle spring water
TOM J. (Domestic Editor):
2 cups coffee
Ham, cheese, salami hero with lettuce, tomato, oil and vinegar