While you may believe you're eating right, memory is selective. Plus it's easy to overlook little bites, licks and tastes, but each mouthful has, on average, 25 calories. Translation: Six little bites a day add up to around 15 extra pounds a year. The solution is to write it down. In a landmark Kaiser Permanente study of more than 2,000 dieters, keeping a food diary turned out to be the best predictor of whether people would lose weight. And when the Good Housekeeping team put the 26 test panelists on the 7 Years Younger Anti-Aging Breakthrough Diet, the dieters all reported that keeping the diary was instrumental in keeping them on track with their weight loss goals.
Along with advice on setting the right weight loss goal for you and identifying your eating habits and where you might be consuming extra hidden calories, this workbook is filled with advice and prompts to maximize your weight loss and fitness success. Each week includes ways to assess your schedule and meals for the day and schedule in formal and informal exercise. The reader can write in his or her meals, calorie counts, and exercise as well as a pledge to keep motivated. The stick-to-it-strategies are all based on leading scientific studies that have proven successful in weight loss.