Tracking food intake to feed weight loss research

Jan 16 2012

Researchers at the University of Newcastle are exploring innovative ways for young women to monitor what they eat.

Dr Melinda Neve, an Accredited Practicing Dietitian, said self-monitoring what you eat was essential for weight loss and maintenance.

“Previous research has shown that keeping track of what you eat can make people more aware of their eating patterns and can assist with weight loss,” Dr Neve said.

“However, we do not know how young women prefer to monitor what they eat. We are therefore interested in comparing three different types of food diaries: a paper-based, an online, and a smartphone diary.”

Participants will be asked to complete each type of food diary for seven days. They will receive feedback on the adequacy of their dietary intake from Dr Neve.

The results from the study will be used to develop an innovative weight loss program for young women.

Researchers are aiming to recruit females aged 18 to 30 years, who have a body mass index between 22 and 30, to take part in the study.

If you are interested in participating please contact Melinda Neve on  02 4921 5405 or