Daily weighing improves weight loss
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.