I’ve spent the past week in a recliner, staring at my toes peeking out from a giant bandage on my foot. Surgery was a success, my surgeon assures me. Now the real healing begins.
- 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.