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How often should you weigh yourself?

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Updated: December 5, 2020
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Is it better to weigh yourself every day, or once every few months?

A recent study published in PLOS ONE Journal found that you may be able to lose more weight if you tend to weigh yourself more often. However, health and wellness expert Jillian Michaels believes that it can be tortuous to weigh yourself daily. So, what’s the correct answer? 

This recent study involved 40 overweight individuals who had a body mass index of 25 and over. A total of 2,838 weight measurements were recorded throughout the year-long health-promoting program the individuals attended. Findings from the study showed that participants can go about an average of 5.8 days, or a week between weigh-ins without gaining weight. The study also showed that those who went more than a week without stepping on the scale were more likely to gain weight. 

Taking ten seconds each morning to stand on a scale could motivate you to shed extra pounds. However, this study does not prove causation of weight loss due to weighing yourself each day. These observational research findings could be attributed to the fact that dieters stop weighing themselves after they stop losing weight, and to the fact that less-serious dieters don’t weigh themselves as often as dieters who are more serious. 

The Annals of Behavioral Medicine Journal published a similar study in 2005, finding that the more you weigh yourself, the more weight you will lose. To learn more about these studies and their findings, read Weight Loss Trick: Using Bathroom Scale For Daily Weigh-Ins May Help You Slim Fast from MedicalDaily.com. 

 

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