A new study has found that actually stepping on a scale everyday can help you lose weight! The study was conducted by researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing and the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine analyzed 1,042 adults with an average age of 47 over 12 months. During this time, the participants weighed themselves “at home as they normally would, without interventions, guidance or weight-loss incentives from researchers." The data was then sent back to researchers. By the end of the year, researchers concluded those who never weighed themselves or only did so once a week “did not lose weight in the following year.” But those who stepped on the scale six or seven days a week “had significant weight loss,” shedding roughly 1.7 percent of their body weight. On their findings, the study's authors said, “Monitoring your behavior or body weight may increase your awareness of how changing behaviors can affect weight loss. These findings support the central role of self-monitoring in changing behavior and increasing success in any attempt to better manage weight." That being said, stepping on the scale may not be for everyone. Health expert Cynthia Sass told Health Magazine, “Some of my clients view weight simply as a data point. Others experience an emotional connection to that number that can trigger a great deal of anxiety, and even depression, or other unhealthy patterns, like under-eating and rebound binge eating."
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