Most of the time, the scale is not our friend. But when you're losing weight, that despised number reader can actually be the key to helping you drop the weight once and for all. Here's why.
When you're losing weight, your instinct may be to compulsively weigh yourself, but sites often tell you to refrain from stepping on the scale too frequently because it's important to remember to look at the big picture when you're on a weight-loss journey. The number on the scale can certainly be a success indicator of weight loss, but so can something like noting the way your clothes fit as well. Well, where once research said it was best to stay away from the scale, doctors are now saying that stepping on it every single morning is the way to go.
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A new study in the Journal of Obesity reveals that participants who weighed themselves every day and wrote down the number were more likely to lose weight and keep it off. Why? Well, it all has to do with awareness and motivation. Participants who weighed themselves daily were forced to take notice of how their diet and exercise habits were impacting their weight loss or lack thereof. If you change your behavior and see desired results, you know what you need to do more of to continue achieving your goals. If, however, you're not seeing the weight loss that you want, you know what actions you need to avoid in the future.
Not convinced? According to research, 40 percent of people who lose weight will gain it back within a year. Yikes! So if you're determined to keep off the weight, but you're tired of hearing the same rigid dieting advice, remember this five-second tip! Make it part of your morning routine by keeping it in your bathroom because doctors say the a.m. is when your body weight is the most accurate.
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