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Who remembers what they ate the night before when they wake up in the morning? Or even what their breakfast was at lunchtime? You probably think it doesn’t matter, but according to new research, it may help you control your appetite.
In the British study, individuals who had vivid memories of what they ate were more likely to consume less at their following meal. Researchers are uncertain if this was due to the exact memory of the food eaten or the memory of the calories consumed, but both were associated with changes in the amount eaten overall.
From collecting 24-hour recalls from my patients, I have found too often that many people completely forget what they ate after finishing a meal. Perhaps it is because they are multi-tasking while dining, simply eating too rapidly, or even having foods that they don’t love. In any event, this lack of memory could be a reason they are overeating and not losing weight.
As a general rule, I ask my patients to food journal. Nine times out of ten, the person who journals 100 percent of the time is the one who loses weight. This daily accountability of all foods eaten and the ability to review it afterward seem to help keep extra calories at bay.
Honestly, I am not a big fan of actual calorie counting, but I am a huge advocate of being calorie-conscious, which a food journal can capture nicely. But journaling may not be for everyone, especially if you have the memory of an elephant or if you tend to think about what you are eating 24/7.
Learn more ways to remember what you ate after the break!