You have heard a picture is worth a thousand words. In this case, it's a thousand calories on the new cell phone diet.
A new cell phone service is calling on flip phones with cameras inside to prove your eating right. It's called "my food phone," and it works like this. Using a cell phone, you take a picture of all the food you're about to eat. Then e-mail those photos, with a brief written description to the "my food phone" web site.
"It's going to make them accountable for what their eating and it makes journaling a lot easier, because they're just going to take a picture of their food," says Robert Randolph R.D. at Scripps Mercy Hospital.
Your photo food journal is immediately monitored by one of the web site's registered dietitians who sends back comments and suggestions on how to improve your next meal many studies have shown that people who keep track of what they eat, lose the most weight and keep it off the longest.
However, some argue the cell phone diet could take more out of your wallet than your waist, since the service is about a hundred dollars a month,and dietitians say it's hard to tell portion size from a cell phone picture. You can use any brand of cell phone for the service as long as it's a camera phone.
If you do sign up, be prepared to fill out a questionnaire that asks your height, weight, and other medical questions. For more information, you can click here.