Does calorie counting work to lose weight? Science says, "Yes"

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If you want to lose or maintain weight, does calorie counting work? Studies prove that consistently keeping a food and exercise log makes a big difference!

Does calorie counting work to lose weight

Fact: If you want to lose weight, calorie counting works!

Science shows that keeping a food and exercise log is well worth it. These studies also clue us into some key success factors for tracking.

A study published in Obesity, a research journal, gives us some answers. It shows that self-monitoring plays a big role in successful weight management. Researchers studied 142 participants in a 24-week, online, behavioral weight-loss program. Participants recorded exercise minutes, food intake, and weight, while researchers monitored the number of computer tracking entries made per day. The results give us more evidence to show that tracking does work!

Key findings:

  • The frequency of self-monitoring was significantly related to weight loss.
  • Those who lost >=10% of their baseline weight entered data approximately three times a day throughout the program.
  • Those with successful weight loss recorded on significantly more days out of the month.
  • Key findings from another study that looked at people in a one-year weight maintenance program showed:

    A systematic review of 22 studies found:

    Another study on women, weight loss, and keeping a food journal, published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, showed these key findings:

    The verdict is in: electronic food, exercise, and health trackers make it easier than ever to track in less time. Gone are the days of paper trackers. Electronic trackers, like MyNetDiary, make it so much easier to enter the data quickly with instant access to the nutrient content of foods as well as calories burned from exercise.

    Take away message

    Keep on tracking! Calorie counting does work to lose and maintain weight. If you want to be successful with anything in life, it takes focus and organization. Plenty of evidence supports that those elements work for changing behavior, including for weight loss and maintenance.

    Tracking pointers for success

    We are lucky that state-of-the-art trackers, like MyNetDiary, help us make effective tracking happen!

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    Dec 31, 2021
    Brenda Braslow
    Brenda Braslow, MS, RDN, LDN, CDCES - Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES)

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