Most weight loss programs will tell you not to weigh yourself every day—instead they recommend weekly weigh-ins. But a 2011 study published in the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine showed that daily weigh-ins actually facilitate weight loss.
Researchers looked at a group of 1,222 adults who were part of the HealthWorks trial, which studied the effects of environmental changes in the workplace on the body weight among adult workers.
What they found is that obese people were more likely to weigh themselves regularly and they lost an average of 9.7 pounds during a two-year period. Meanwhile, normal weight people were likely to get on the scale just once a month and experienced a 2.4 pound weight gain during that same period.
In another study, researchers enrolled more than 3,000 overweight people who were on weight loss or weight maintenance programs and followed them for two years.
People who weighed in daily lost twice as much as those who weighed only once a week—and those who never stepped on a scale actually gained weight.
I’ve seen the same thing in my clinical practice—daily weigh-ins work. Health & Healing subscriber Arthur C. of British Columbia is a prime example.
Arthur wrote, “I needed to lose weight, and in addition to the usual—cutting down on fattening foods and exercise—I have done something I have not seen recommended everywhere: weigh yourself every day, last thing before going to bed. You can then see what you have done in the past 24 hours to influence weight change and what can be corrected, if necessary, in the next 24 hours.
“I found that daily weighing also gives me encouragement to continue. I lost 25 pounds over three-four months and continue to remain stable. For me, daily weighing was the biggest help—so simple yet effective.”
Now it’s your turn: How often do you weigh yourself?