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Check your weight once a week to lose fat: Study

The researchers found that weight loss was related to how often individuals weighed themselves.

By: Indo-Asian News Service | London | Updated: December 19, 2014 11:59 am
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It may seem a bit bizarre but researchers have found that how often you step on the scale to measure weight is linked to weight loss – the more is the frequency, the faster you slim down.

The more frequently dieters weighed themselves the more weight they lost, and if participants went more than a week without weighing themselves, they gained weight, the findings showed.

“The more often you weigh yourself the more weight you lose,” said lead author Elina Helander from Tempere Univeristy of Technology in Finland.

For the study, the researchers analysed 2,838 weight measurements from 40 overweight individuals who indicated that weight loss was a personal goal or concern.

The researchers found that weight loss was related to how often individuals weighed themselves.

It may be that less serious dieters weight themselves less or that dieters who stop losing weight stop weighting themselves, the researchers noted, adding that this observational study does not indicate a cause and effect relationship between weigh-ins and weight loss.

The study appeared in the journal PLOS ONE.

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    Dany Silva
    Dec 19, 2014 at 3:59 pm
    Ours is good to know at my gym has a scale and now I weigh myself every day to see if I have a better result :bit.ly/1xtQfNk
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      Dany Silva
      Dec 19, 2014 at 4:11 pm
      Ours is good to know when I'm dieting to 10 months and my wife is not.I already lost 28 pounds this hazard and she gained 5 pounds.Bad is super interesting always talked to my wife to work out the couple have to diet together :bit.ly/1xtQfNk
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        Dany Silva
        Dec 22, 2014 at 1:43 am
        Weight loss is always hard for me I was using Garcinia cambogia and lost 4 pounds, now I'm using rog5com and lost 12 in 6 days, bad in my opinion is the hardest and we maintain weight after weight loss.
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