Are you trying to lose weight? Make it a success with science, scales and apps
23 January 2018
Digital health & innovation Health behaviours
The year 2018 has just begun and once again thousands of people have made a new year’s resolution to lose weight and live more healthily.
Regardless of whether you just want to lose a bit of belly or if you have a major weight loss plan in mind, how can you help yourself stick to your weight-loss goals?
I want to propose something simple to help achieve your goals: weigh yourself regularly.
Why? Because many studies have found that regularly weighing yourself while on a weight loss plan increases your chances of success.
Researchers think this is because the weighing reminds you to check in with your goals and provides feedback on your progress. In fact, a few studies indicate that weighing yourself more often – that is on a weekly or daily basis – is associated with ‘greater weight loss outcomes’, i.e. more weight lost.
However, it’s important to remember that your day-to-day weight can vary quite a bit, and it’s the longer-term trend you need to keep in mind. This can be surprisingly difficult, especially during busy periods.