Don’t Fear the Scale: Why You May Want to Weigh In Daily

Stepping on the scale can be more daunting than hauling yourself out of bed to make a 6 a.m. spin class. But if you’re trying to lose weight, it’s probably worth it. “A scale should be as important as your toothbrush,” says David Levitsky, PhD, a professor of nutrition and psychology at Cornell University. Which begs the question: Just how often should you weigh yourself if you’re trying to lose weight?

In a recent study in the journal Obesity, Levitsky and his colleagues gave scales to 162 people interested in losing weight. The entire group attended an initial meeting, where half (the “intervention group”) were given specific instructions about tracking their progress. While they could shed pounds any way they chose, this group was told to aim to lose one percent of their body weight at a time, monitoring their results by weighing in every day and charting the number on a graph.

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