People who weigh themselves daily lose 13.5 pounds more than people who weigh themselves less than 7 days a week. That is over double the weight loss. It is true that weighing yourself daily can be anxiety provoking but avoiding the scale can have huge consequences. Would you drive you car a week without looking at the fuel gage? We recommend using a scale as a reminder of your goals rather than seeing it as a judge. Remember- everyday is not going to be perfect and that’s ok!
A research study shows that when people hit their goals- they start ignoring the scale! We see this all the time. The problem is that maintaining your weight is way harder than losing weight. Don’t let your guard down because…
People who weigh themselves daily have very little fluctuations in their weight. So if you want to keep it off, don’t skip the scale!
The likely reason why weighing yourself daily matters is that people who weigh themslves daily also report greater adoption of weight control behaviors. Even weighing 5 days per week instead of 7 leads to a decrease in healthy behaviors. This suggests that daily weighing may trigger your brain to be more mindful for the day.
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Steinberg DM, Bennett GG, Askew S, Tate DF. Weighing everyday matters: Daily weighing improves weight loss and adoption of weight control behaviors. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 2015;115(4):511-518. doi:10.1016/j.jand.2014.12.011.