Double Your Weight Loss Efforts in Just 15 Minutes a Day With This Healthy Habit

a tray of food on a plate: A new study finds food tracking increases weight loss and takes very little time.

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A new study finds food tracking increases weight loss and takes very little time.

  • Dietary monitoring, or tracking what you eat, has been proven to help people lose weight, but many shy away from it because it seems too time-consuming.
  • A 2019 study published in the journal Obesity finds that food tracking takes less than 15 minutes a day once you get the hang of it.
  • You don’t need to go overboard on detail, either: Meticulously describing your intake didn’t yield better results—but more frequent check-ins did.

If your goal is to lose weight or eat healthier overall, food tracking—keeping tabs on what you eat and when—is a proven way accomplish those objectives. One study of nearly 1,700 participants back in 2008 found that keeping a food diary can double your weight loss when you’re trying to shed some unwanted pounds.

It works,

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The Daily Habit Sabotaging Your Weight Loss Goals

You’re diligent about sticking to your nutrition and fitness routine, but do your weight-loss goals still seem far off? Or worse, do you feel like the scale is tipping in the opposite direction? Instead of making more tweaks to your diet and workout regimen, consider taking a look at your medicine cabinet first.

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“Weight gain is a very common side effect for many standard medications,” says Charlie Seltzer, M.D., C.S.C.S., who specializes in weight loss and exercise physiology. In his practice, he evaluates all the factors contributing to health and weight, including medical conditions, stress, sleep, and busy work schedules. (Related: 108 Most Popular Sodas Ranked By How Toxic They Are.)

For many people, medications are an overlooked contributor to weight gain, he says, mainly because the pounds can creep on slowly. There are four major types that are commonly

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