I found this article about recording what you eat and weight loss. Previous studies have shown that people tend to lose more weight when they self-monitor food intake. This study bears that out.
"Participants in a weight-loss study who recorded their food intake on a website at least twice a day were more likely to lose a clinically meaningful amount of weight by 6 months compared with those who didn't log consumption as often, in a new study.
The self-monitoring also included documenting beverage intake, food portion size, and preparation method, and only took about 15 minutes a day.
At 6 months, participants who lost ≥ 5% or ≥ 10% of their initial weight were recording their food intake 2.4 times/day or 2.7 times/day, respectively, whereas those who lost less than these amounts were recording their intake only 1.6 times/day or 1.7 times/day, respectively, which was significantly different."
You can access the article via the following link:
I know I've found in the past that logging food intake does help be mindful of what I'm eating and how much. The problem I had was that it seemed like it took too much time. I think there are some better apps that work on phones now.
Check out the food diary here and see what you think...