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Dr. Ron Brown – Opinion Editorial
November 22, 2021
Self-monitoring one’s dietary intake—calorie counting—has come into and out of fashion over the years. Yet, research evidence confirms that dietary self-monitoring is a highly effective intervention for long-term weight loss and maintenance weight control: Dietary Self-Monitoring and Long-Term Success with Weight Management (nih.gov). Practicing dietary self-monitoring is good news that enables people to break away from the quick-fix diet rollercoaster, where one relies on a restricted eating plan to temporarily lose weight, and gain it all back repeatedly without ever learning how to eat a proper amount of food to maintain a healthy weight in the first place. Weight management is also especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic because being overweight or obese is a risk factor of COVID-19. However, there is also bad news: observational studies have found that self-monitoring dietary intake is associated with increased risk for eating disorders in college students: Self-monitoring and eati...
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