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Daily weighing increases the effectiveness of the fight against obesity
Weighing yourself daily can help you achieve your weight loss goals. People who rarely weigh themselves are less likely to reach the desired level of body weight.
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Weighing yourself daily can help you achieve your weight loss goals. People who rarely weigh themselves are less likely to reach the desired level of body weight. A related study was presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions in Chicago.
Scientists studied how often 1,042 adults (78% - men, average age - 47) were weighed, and set out to establish whether this affects the intensity of weight loss throughout the year. They analyzed data on self-weighing from the pending Health eHeart study. Participants weighed themselves at home without receiving any guidance from academics on weight management strategies.
The authors found that people who did not weigh themselves or did not weigh themselves more than once a week did not lose weight for a year. Those who weighed themselves 6-7 times a week achieved significant weight loss (1.7% on average) per year.
Observing your lifestyle and your weight can increase understanding of how lifestyle changes affect body weight. These findings support the hypothesis that self-control plays a central role in changing lifestyle and increasing the success of any method of dealing with obesity.