The study was carried out in
123 overweight or obese post-menopausal women aged 50 to 75 years who were on a
weight-loss program. The women followed diets which provided 1200 to 2000
calories per day. They were taught to measure potions and calculate serving
sizes to estimate the total intake.
At the end of one year, the researchers found that women
who maintained a food diary lost nearly 6 pounds more than those who did not
Women who ate out regularly
or skipped meals lost less weight in comparison to those who didn't. People who
skipped meals may be more likely to follow up with high-calorie snacks or
meals, which explains the lack of adequate weight loss.
Keeping a food diary makes people aware of what they are eating and
more accountable and responsible for the same. The researchers advocate three
methods to assist weight reduction programs, keep a food diary, do not eat
lunch out often, and do not skip meals.