Daily weigh­ing im­proves weight loss

Health & Nutrition - - FITNESS FORUM -

Asim­ple strat­egy may help you lose weight: Step on a scale ev­ery day and track the re­sults. A two-year study from Cor­nell Univer­sity found that reg­u­lar self-weigh­ing, and mon­i­tor­ing the re­sults on a chart, were ef­fec­tive for both los­ing weight and keep­ing it off. Re­searchers found that those who weighed them­selves and kept track of the re­sults were most suc­cess­ful. Pre­vi­ous ad­vice down­played daily weigh­ing be­cause it could have a neg­a­tive im­pact on weight loss ef­forts since the nat­u­ral daily vari­a­tion in weight due to shifts in wa­ter bal­ance could be dis­cour­ag­ing. But keep­ing a chart shows trends in weight, which can be more en­cour­ag­ing. Another ad­van­tage of the daily weigh­ing: Those who lost weight in the first year were able to main­tain it into the sec­ond year when they con­tin­ued their daily weigh­ing. Stud­ies have shown that about 40% of weight loss is re­gained in one year, and this method may be a means to pre­vent that.

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