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Food Photos, Curb Eating

Usually diaries are reserved for dirty little secrets, love crushes and forget-me-nots, but new research by the University of Wisconsin-Madison claims that photographic food diaries may help people control their weight.

The study appears in the International Journal of Consumer Studies. Kate Devlin of The Telegraph reports:

To test if encouraging slimmers to photograph everything they eat might also encourage them to change their diet, scientists from the University of Wisconsin-Madison asked 43 people to record what they ate for one week in pictures as well as in words.

When the volunteers were later quizzed the photo diary appeared more effective at encouraging them to change their eating habits to more healthy alternatives.

The photographs also acted as a powerful reminder of any snacking binges, the researchers found.

"I had to think more carefully about what I was going to eat because I had to take a picture of it," was a typical response from volunteers, the scientists found.

Prof Lydia Zepeda and David Deal, the researchers who carried out the study reported in New Scientist magazine, found that written food diaries were often filled in hours after the meal and were not as powerful in creating an impression of how much food had been consumed.

Well, I guess this would only work if you eat GOOD stuff—who wants pictures of gross food! Reminds me of a previous study that suggested recalling what you previously ate triggers you to eat less food later—via Diet-Blog.

You won’t hear Dr. Fuhrman telling you to snap shots of your meals, but he will tell you WHAT you eat matters, like how eating veggies actually allows you to eat MORE and still lose weight.

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Steve - September 11, 2008 9:17 AM

Hi Gerry
Firstly, of course I, and many other Canadians are thinking about America today.

There was a weight loss motivational show on in Canada, where the nutritionist would take the bad foods that a person would eat, say a month worth then make a 'presentation' of all of it at once. Take a bathtub, then pour in cookies and burgers and cakes and whatever else, then pour beer and pop all over it. What a lunch-losing mess!

cholesterol lowering foods - September 12, 2008 2:25 AM

Wow. Vegetables. I don't eat most of the vegetables there.

Bonnie - September 13, 2008 7:43 AM

Interesting ! I may just have to try that ...

... but I was hoping you were going to post the recipe for that delicious looking dish ! Any chance you've posted it somewhere already ?

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