Samara O'Shea

Keeping A Journal Helps You Lose Weight

J is for July. J is also for journal. And I’m so excited because this July is the month my book on journal writing will hit shelves. I’ll spend this month (and probably next) on the look out for stories on journal-related things.

I found a good one today. A recent study reveals that people who keep diaries while trying to loose weigh have an easier time of it. “The study involving 1,685 middle-aged men and women over six months found those who kept such a diary just about every day lost about twice as much weight as those who did not.”

Although I’ve never kept a weight-loss diary, this makes perfect sense to me. Writing in a journal (diary as we’re calling it here) forces you to reconcile with yourself. You have to face the problem (the extra weight) and come up with your own solution. Writing a goal down solidifies it—makes it permanent. It’s more difficult to cast aside once it’s been written.