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10-Second Trick Helps You Lose Weight

By    |   Sunday, 01 February 2015 05:16 PM


If you've been on a diet since the new year, but are beginning to get discouraged, a 10-second trick could get you back on track and keep the pounds off in the future. Simply weigh yourself once every day.
 
A new study published in PLOS ONE found that the more dieters weighed themselves, the more weight they lost. And if they went more than a week without weighing, they gained weight. The average time a participant could go between stepping on a scale and gaining weight was 5.8 days.
 
Researchers from Tempere University of Technology in Finland followed overweight dieters for up to a year and analyzed 2,838 weigh-ins. They found that weight loss was directly related to how often the individuals weighed. "The more often you weigh yourself the more weight you lose," said researcher Elina Helander.
 
Another study backs up the Finnish findings. Scientists at the University of Minnesota followed 3,600 dieters, and found that those who weighed every day lost an average of 12 pounds over two years — twice as much as those who weighed weekly, who only lost 6 pounds. In addition, those who weighed daily were less likely to regain the lost weight. Perhaps surprisingly, people who never weighed on their own gained rather than lost weight during the study.
 
"People who make lifestyle changes consistent with weight loss use all kinds of tools to help them," said Minnesota researcher Jennifer Linde. "Daily weighing provides feedback. It may be one more thing that someone can do to keep them on track."
 
Weighing daily can also help dieters make direct connections with how particular foods and the amounts consumed affect their weight. Some experts advice dieters to weigh on scales that are accurate to two-tenths of a pound to get the most accurate tracking, and advise losing weight slowly and steadily — about two-tenths of a pound each week. Scales can be purchased at local chain stores, including Walmart and Bed, Bath, and Beyond, that are as accurate to one-tenth of a pound for under $40.
 
A previous study at the Finnish university found that weight fluctuates during the week. Higher readings were recorded on Sunday and Monday, reflecting weekend splurges. Readings decreased throughout the work week and reached their lowest levels on Friday. Weighing mid-week averages the week's high and low.
 
"The bottom line is: If you want to lose weight, it's best to weigh yourself every day," said Brian Wansink, Ph.D. and director of the Cornell Food Brand Lab. "But if you weigh yourself only once a week, do it on Wednesday because that will give you the most accurate reading."

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If you've been on a diet since the new year, but are beginning to get discouraged, a 10-second trick could get you back on track and keep the pounds off in the future. Simply weigh yourself once every day. A new study published in PLOS ONE found that the more dieters...
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