Researchers at University of South Carolina claim that in order to lose weight self reporting of one’s food is essential. However people often lag in keeping daily food logs during the holidays.
The lead author Christine A. Pellegrini, PhD, said, “A key question we wanted to answer is what impact the holiday season has on individuals’ efforts to monitor their calorie intake.”
She added, “Adults generally gain weight during the holidays and self-monitoring can help to manage weight during this period. Weight loss is a common New Year’s resolution and may explain the increased number of foods reported in January; however, the typical pattern of self-monitoring during the holidays is not well established .”
For their research, they gave a dieting app to a group of 32 obese adults and asked them to self-report over various seasons. The app would then log in the time when the food intake was reported allowing the researches to study the various times of intake.
When the researchers analyzed the data=, it was found that although change in seasonality did not have a large effect on reporting daily dirt but the change was more evident on a daily basis. Hereby fewer foods were reported between Thursday to Sunday than on Monday. Hence weekends saw lesser food logs. This was termed as the “weekend effect.”
“Based on this study’s findings, providing these prompts on weekends may improve adherence to self-monitoring recommendations,” wrote the researchers.
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