#160 Daily weighing is valuable. – Krista Varady

#179 Daily weighing is valuable.   – Krista Varady

QUOTE “Daily weighing is valuable. In another study, researchers at the University of Minnesota tracked more than 3,000 people over two years—some in a weight-loss program and some in a weight-maintenance program. Those who self-weighed the most during those two years had the largest weight loss in the weight-loss program, and the smallest weight gain in the maintenance program. “Daily weighing is valuable to individuals trying to lose weight or prevent weight gain,” wrote the researchers in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine. “Daily self-weighing should be emphasized in clinical and public health messages about weight control.” (That’s why I’m emphasizing it here!) When should you weigh yourself? Do it at the same time every day, because weight varies during the day. First thing in the morning—before you’ve had anything to eat or drink—is ideal.” [1]

QUOTE  “After one month of weighing, participants had 3 extra pounds of weight loss.1 When researchers at the Minneapolis Heart Institute studied 100 obese people over six months, they found that people lost 1 pound more for every 11 days they self-weighed.” [2]

Daily weighing doubles weight loss. In a two-year study of more than 1,200 obese people conducted by scientists at the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation in Wisconsin and reported in the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, those who weighed themselves daily lost more than twice as much weight as those who weighed themselves monthly. [3]

People average 347 fewer calories per day when they weigh themselves that day. A team of scientists from the University of North Carolina studied 91 overweight people for six months, in an experiment focused on self-weighing. Those who weighed themselves daily ate an average of 347 fewer calories per day than those who weighed themselves weekly. They also lost a lot more weight—17 pounds compared to four-fifths of a pound! The researchers also noted that the study participants who weighed themselves just about every day liked doing so. [4]

QUOTE A year later, the researchers found that the change in the rate of self-weighing after the start of the study—whether or not the participants weighed themselves with lesser or greater frequency during the year of the study—was an exact match for the amount of weight regained: Those who self-weighed less regained 9 pounds. Those who self-weighed at the same rate regained 4 pounds. Those who self-weighed more regained 2 pounds. “Consistent self-weighing may help individuals maintain their successful weight loss by allowing them to catch weight gains before they escalate, and make behavior changes to prevent additional weight gain,” concluded the researchers in Obesity. [5]
NOTE – What does it say?
My takeaway:
Buy an intelligent scale.

What gets your attention?
What human needs or problems are addressed?
What questions do you have?
What solution or hope does it offer?

What does it say that we need to obey?
What would a camera see if this happened?
Who needs to hear this?
What are the actual steps that I would take?
[1] Quote from “The Every-Other-Day Diet: The Diet That Lets You Eat All You Want (Half the Time) and Keep the Weight Off” by Krista Varady and Bill Gottlieb.
[2] Ibid, ?.
[3] Ibid, ?.
[4] Ibid, ?.
[5] Ibid, ?.
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