Frequent Weighing Prevents Extra Pounds

Even though the holidays are in full swing, stepping on the scale is still a good idea if you want to prevent weight gain, new research suggests.

A recent study published in PLoS ONE found that frequency of weigh-ins can impact weight: the more often you step on the scale, the more weight you're likely to lose.

Additionally, participants who went more than a week without weighing themselves ended up gaining weight, the study found.

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"The more often you weigh yourself, the more weight you lose," said lead author Elina Helander, from Tempere University of Technology in Finland.

Weigh in on Wednesdays

Co-author Brian Wansink, Director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab, explained that most people see natural weight fluctuations throughout the week, with the lowest weight usually occurring mid-week.

"The bottom line is: If you want to lose weight, it's best to weigh yourself every day," Wansink said. "But if you weigh yourself only once a week, do it on Wednesday because that will give you the most accurate reading."

Source: Cornell Food and Brand Lab

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