Daily weighing speeds weight loss
Does Weighing Every Day Keep Pounds Away?
Get a better read on your progress.
By Selene Yeager
The news: Daily weighing speeds weight loss When University of Minnesota researchers monitored the scale habits of 1,800 dieting adults, they found that those who weighed themselves daily lost an average of 12 pounds over 2 years; weekly scale watchers lost only 6. The once-a-day group also was less likely to regain weight loss.
But respected programs such as Weight Watchers–and Prevention experts–caution against daily weighing Scale obsession has been linked to eating disorders, and some experts argue that the distress and discouragement brought on by a daily weight check could cause people to go off their weight loss diet; however, there’s been no research to prove this.
Bottom line: Try it if you’re healthy and motivated By serving as a regular reminder of weight loss goals and allowing dieters to nip weight gains in the bud, daily weighing may help. But the practice may not be the reason the study subjects lost more, says Prevention weight loss advisor Kelly Brownell, PhD. “This may just prove that people who are doing well like the feedback, so naturally they weigh themselves more often than those who are struggling.”
If you do a daily check-in, be sure to also log your results in a journal to track your long-term progress. And don’t weigh yourself daily if you have a history of an eating disorder.
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