This Weight Loss Approach Is Twice As Effective

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People in the study lost 10%
of their body weight — and kept it off.
Stepping on the scales every
day and writing down the figure boosts weight loss, a new study finds.
People who weighed themselves
daily lost 10 percent of their body weight over one year.
Crucially, they also
maintained this weight loss over the next year.
Maintenance is important
because studies show that about 40% of weight lost with any dietary treatment
is regained in one year.
Without daily weighing, it is
easy to regain the weight.
The process of daily weighing
helps people improve weight loss behaviours like eating less and going for a
When combined with tracking
food intake, tracking weight can double weight loss, other studies find.
David Levitsky, the study’s senior author, said:
“You just need a bathroom
scale and an excel spreadsheet or even a piece of graph paper. It forces you to
be aware of the connection between your eating and your weight. It used to be
taught that you shouldn’t weigh yourself daily, and this is just the reverse.”
For the study, 162 people were
divided into two groups, half of whom provided a control.
In the first phase of program,
participants had to focus on 1% weight loss.
They did this in their own way
by stopping snacking and reducing portion size.
When the weight loss remained
the same for 10 days, people were asked to try and lose another 1%.
They continued until they had
lost 10% of their starting body weight.
The results showed that
frequent self-weighing was linked to weight loss and prevention of weight gain.
The study also found that men
were losing more weight than women on this program.
Levitsky said:
“It seems to work better for
men than women, for reasons we cannot figure out yet.”
The reason weighing yourself
seems to work is that it improves weight loss behaviours, such as going for a
walk or eating less.
Levitsky said:
“We think the scale also acts
as a priming mechanism, making you conscious of food and enabling you to make
choices that are consistent with your weight.”
The study was published in the
Journal of Obesity (Pacanowski & Levitsky, 2015).
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.