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Regular weighing is a help

Scales – love them or hate them! But stepping on the scales on a regular basis has been shown to help with weight loss, according to a new study.

Those people in the study who weighed themselves on a regular basis lost more weight than those who didn’t.

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The scales study

Researchers studied 100 participants enrolled in a weight loss trial called Weigh By Day trial. The trial encouraged frequent self weighing at home.

Participants in the trial were measured before the treatment and at follow up visits at 6 and 12 months. The study was between October 2005 and May 2007.

In addition, the participants had a 6 month behavioral weight loss program which involved; telephone counseling, a written manual, and a home telemonitoring scale.

The results

The researchers found that stepping on the scale regularly resulted in an extra pound of weight loss every 11 days.

Participants who weighed themselves weekly were 11 times more likely to lose at least 5% of their pretreatment weight after 6 months.

The researchers wrote in their conclusion, “Self-weighing may be a strategy to enhance behavioral weight-loss programs.”

The research was published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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