It’s that time of year when we all start gaining weight again. But if you want to prevent it, or even lose a few pounds, here’s something easy that can help: Start weighing yourself every day.
You don’t need to obsess over a pound or two. But research has found weighing yourself once a day really can help.
One study in 2015 had 50 overweight people follow the same diet plan for six months. And the ones who weighed themselves every day lost an average of 13 pounds more than people who didn’t weigh in as much.
Researchers found it made them more mindful about things like late-night snacking. And it also encouraged them to exercise more.
Another study tracked 162 people for two years and had similar results. People were more likely to slim down if they weighed themselves daily. And tracking their results also helped.
So what’s the best time of day to step on a scale? Experts say first thing in the morning is usually best. You get the most consistent results that way, and you’re less likely to forget. (Consumer Reports)