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People who weigh themselves at least weekly are 11 times more likely to lose at least 5%
Wednesday, November 12, 2008 7:08 am Email this article
People who weigh themselves at least weekly are 11 times more likely to lose at least 5 percent after six months according to a new study from researchers at the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
People lost an extra 1 lbs for every 11 days they weighed themselves
People lost an extra one pound for every eleven days they weighed themselves.
Subjects: Obese adults in the Weigh By Day trial
Subjects were “employed, obese adults enrolled in the Weigh By Day trial”.
The data was collected for 1.5 years, from October 2005 to May 2007.
Conclusion: Weighing predicts body weight
“Self-weighing was a significant predictor of body weight over time,” the authors of the study concluded.
Successful weight loss includes weighing oneself at least weekly
Previous research has found that people in The National Weight Control Registry, a group of about 6,000 people who have maintained a weight loss of at least 30 pounds, weigh themselves at least once a week.
Comment: Weigh yourself daily!
The lesson to be learned from this study is weigh yourself often.
I would suggest to weigh yourself daily… and write it down.
Ari Kiev, MD, a psychiatrist who has helped Olympic athletes win the Gold Medal, and author of many books on success and trading, says, “Relentlessly monitor your feedback.”
In the case of losing weight, this means, “Do what the winners do. Weigh yourself often!”
Vanwormer J, Martinez A, Martinson B, Crain A, Benson G, Cosentino D, Pronk N. Self-weighing promotes weight loss for obese adults. Am J Prev Med. 2008 Oct 30, published on-line.
Jeffrey J. VanWormer
Department of Education
Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation
92 East 28th St, Suite 100
Minneapolis, MN 55407 USA
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