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Check The Scale Every Day If You’re Serious About Losing Weight

December 30, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
People who are trying to lose weight usually check the scale once in a while to determine their progress. But a new study of 40 people trying to lose weight finds that weight loss is related to the frequency of stepping on the scale. Researchers in Finland were careful to say there is no cause and effect relationship involved. But they observed nevertheless that study participants who weighed themselves more often – at least once a week or even daily -- tended to lose the most weight. The researchers advised dieters: “If you weigh yourself only once a week, do it on Wednesday because that will give you the most accurate reading."
Elina E. Helander et al., "Are Breaks in Daily Self-Weighing Associated with Weight Gain? ", PLoS ONE, December 30, 2014, © Helander et al.
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