Food Diary May Double Your Weight Loss

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, and 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. 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:

Charlie (Anchor):

Dry bagel & water

Salad: ham, lettuce, pineapple, egg, peas, raisins, Asian noodles, fat-free dressing

Diet Snapple

Tom N. (Senior Broadcast Producer):

Bagel with cream cheese & coffee

Salad: lettuce, cole slaw, chicken salad, broccoli, carrots, tomatoes, feta cheese

Dr. Pepper

Brownie & coffee

LEE (Writer):

Breakfast sandwich: scrambled egg whites, turkey, lowfat cheese, jalapenos on soy pita

Iced tea

8 pretzel nuggets

Coke Zero

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

1 Lemonade

Bowl of blueberries and raspberries with whipped cream

1 Blondie

1 bottle spring water

TOM J. (Domestic Editor):

2 cups coffee

Honeynut Cheerios

Ham, cheese, salami hero with lettuce, tomato, oil and vinegar


Granola bar