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The Camera-Phone Diet

Sometimes AdventureMan will say “Take a photo! You can talk about this place in the blog!” I give him the look that says “get your own blog, AdventureMan.” Like if there is no one else in the restaurant, I might try, IF there is no one watching us. If there are other people I might do it IF I can do it subtly . . . I don’t like to attract attention, and especially if it is a place I like going back to regularly, I don’t want them figuring out who I am.

But now . . . I have a whole other excuse! I think this diet from Real Age is a total hoot! Keeping a food diary is known to help lose weight, but snapping a photo BEFORE you eat helps you think about how much you are eating, keeps you conscious of it . . . who knew? I wonder who thinks these things up?

You can read all about this diet HERE

Try the Camera-Phone Diet

Could your camera phone help you lose weight? One study seems to suggest so.

When people in a small study snapped a picture of everything they ate for 1 week, something interesting happened. They took better stock of their meals — and ate less or ate more healthfully because of it.

Snap Your Way to Slimmer Hips

Just think of it as a digital version of a food diary — but better — because it forces you to think about what you’re eating before you put it in your mouth, instead of after. With written food diaries, it’s too late — people log their choices after the fact. Watch this 60-second video on how to dish up just-right portions.

Worth 1000 Words (and Calories)

In the study, the simple act of taking a picture caused people to pay closer attention to how much they were eating, how diverse their food choices were, or how healthful the food was. And that extra thought and attention actually helped them eat better.

Here are some more slim-down tricks to try:

Pace yourself. Find out how eating slowly can help you eat less.

Be regular. Here’s why you don’t want to skip meals.

Learn to decode labels. Yep, reading is good for weight loss.

Chart your weight loss with this nifty weight loss tracker that lets you see your daily progress.

RealAge Benefit: Maintaining your weight and body mass index at a desirable level can make your RealAge as much as 6 years younger.

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April 27, 2009 - Posted by | Diet / Weight Loss, Eating Out, Food, Health Issues

5 Comments »

  1. That makes sense actually I think it really might work. The problem is you don’t necessarily put everything on your plate from the beginning. I mean in a restaurant you can snap a picture but if you’re at home you might take one bite of rice and then some salad and then go back and grab a samosa, know what I mean? I’m just saying if you wanted to cheat on this diet it’s way too easy 😀

    Comment by 1001Nights | April 27, 2009 | Reply

  2. That makes sense actually I think it really might work. The problem is you don’t necessarily put everything on your plate from the beginning. I mean in a restaurant you can snap a picture but if you’re at home you might take one bite of rice and then some salad and then go back and grab a samosa, know what I mean? I’m just saying if you wanted to cheat on this diet it’s way too easy 😀
    P.S. – Sorry, forgot to tell you great post!

    Comment by 1001Nights | April 27, 2009 | Reply

  3. It wont work in my case coz I pile up stuff on my plate when I want to get a good food porn shot. A light plate is not very photogenic IMO 😀

    Comment by Mathai | April 27, 2009 | Reply

  4. Huh. Hadn’t thought of that, 1001 Nights . . . . so like if you are playing by the rules and you add anything, you have to take another photo, and then another, and holy smokes, if you are at a buffet . . . holy guacamole!

    LLOOLL, Mathai@food porn! I am not a great fan of nouvelle cuisine, for the same reason – a light plate just looks bare and inhospitable to me. 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | April 27, 2009 | Reply

  5. errr Intlxpatr, that second comment wasn’t actually ME so I don’t know why it was posted twice and with a ps

    Comment by 1001 Nights | April 27, 2009 | Reply


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