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Question How often should I weigh myself when I’m trying to lose weight?
Answer There hasn’t been much research, but several studies suggest that weighing yourself more often, rather than less, may help with weight control.
Findings published in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine on two large groups of people – one group participating in a weight-gain prevention study and the other participating in a weight-loss study – revealed that those who weighed themselves more often were more likely to lose weight or less likely to gain weight back over the course of the next two years.
The authors of the study say daily weighing is valuable to people trying to lose weight or prevent weight gain. Similarly, findings from the National Weight Control Registry suggest that most weight maintainers weigh themselves more than once per week and nearly four out of 10 weigh themselves daily.
Take into account your average weight loss over time and don’t let weighing in make you crazy. You need to create a deficit of 3,500 calories to lose 1 pound, which doesn’t happen on a day-to-day basis.
Find what works for you, because daily weighing can be misleading. For instance, if you eat Chinese food, which tends to be salty, your weight might jump the next day because your body tends to retain water when you eat a lot of salt.
The idea is to use the information from your scale as feedback about your weight management program, not as an indicator of self-worth or a determinant of your mood for the day.