So many people think it takes a lot of time to record their dietary intake and hate the thought of having to keep track of everything they eat and drink all through the day which makes a lot of people reluctant to give dieting a good go.
However a recent study to find out just how much time it takes up to keep track of ones dietary intake was done by researchers at the University of Vermont and was publicized in the journal Obesity on February 25th. This is the first study to tally up the amount of time it takes for a person to self monitor his or her dietary intake.
The study’s lead author, Jean Harvey, chair of the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences at the University of Vermont, said in a statement that even though people hate the idea of recording everything they eat and drink all day, it really doesn’t take very much time.
Harvey says she and the entire team of researchers hopes the result of the findings will encourage more people to dietary self-monitoring because it is really highly effective and it’s not as hard as people think it is.
142 people who were overweight or obese took part in the study and were analyzed. They took part in an online weight loss program which involved meeting for 24 weeks on line with group discussions as to weight loss strategies which involved self-monitoring, goal setting, encouragementto exercise and maintain a reduced-calorie diet.
The program required study participantsto log on to a website to record daily dietary intake which kept track of how often they logged in and then how often it took them to complete the task of recording what they ate and drank for the day.
The study showed that participants at first took 23.2 minutes per day during the first month to track their dietary intake. At the end of the 24 weeks or 6 months, they cut their tracking time down on average to about 14.6 minutes per day.
The study showed that the most successful participants who lost the most weight had more consistent logins as they monitored themselves. It was not the time spent when they logged in but the number of times they logged-in per month. The more often they logged-in was in direct correlation to the greater amount of weight they lost as compared to those who logged in on a less frequent basis.
So, keep track of your dietary intake on a daily basis. It doesn’t take long to do so but it will encourage you to stay on track and it’s easy and not time consuming!