Can You Lose Weight Just By Checking Your Weight Daily?

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People try all sort of exercises and diets in order for them to lose weight. It may be one of the hardest body transformations that one can do, but it certainly is possible. With just some sweat and hard work, you can achieve the body that you’ve always wanted; but what if we told you that you might be able to lose weight, without the need for intense workout sessions, without needing to go to the gym more than 4 times a week for God knows how many hours, without eating healthy but extremely bland food? It may sound too good to be true, right? But a study has shown that by simply weighing yourself every day, you can possibly lose weight. That got you interested, right? Who wouldn’t be?

The Study

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The study on 294 female students was done by researchers at Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania. The studies have shown that women that checked their weight every day for two years had a drop in BMI and body fat compared to the female students that did not check their weight. So there seems to be a way for people to lose weight, just by being aware of their own weight. But is it really a sure-fire method for weight loss? Can you lose a lot of weight just by jumping on a weighing scale every day, and not put in any extra exercise and undergo a diet?

They Were Not Told To Lose Weight

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All 294 female student participants of the study were of differing weight, and have not been told by the researchers to lose weight. The researchers chose students as the subjects for their study because it is very common for university students to put on weight, especially during their first year. People tend to get culture shocked when they start going to university, and the stress might get to them, and one way for them to cope with the added stress is to eat. Ever heard of the saying ” Freshers’ 15”? There was even a study back in 2009, that supports this; the study found out that over 70% of students will gain weight during their first year at university.

The Weight Loss

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The results of the study show that women who weighed themselves during the two-year span of the study did not only gain any added weight but were even able to lose a significant amount of weight. The ones that didn’t keep track of their weight did not see any see any significant changes to their BMI or body mass index, if there was any at all. The lead author of the study Diane Rosenbaum, Ph.D. says that “The losses in BMI and body fat percentage were modest, but still significant, especially keeping in mind that these women were not part of a weight loss program.”

Psychological Factor?

The researchers did not expect that even though the participants were not told to do any weight loss measures such as exercise or dieting, but they were losing weight. They can not say for certain that keeping track of your weight will lead to weight loss, but there is certainly a connection, and most likely by constantly checking on your weight, it will give you the motivation to take better care of your body. Meghan Butryn, Ph.D., an associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at Drexel University, says that “Regularly weighing yourself can motivate you to engage in healthy eating and exercise behaviors, because it provides you with evidence that these behaviors are effective in helping you lose weight or prevent weight gain.”

So if you regularly keep tabs whether you’re gaining or losing weight, it will give you more motivation to make a change. It is normal for a person’s weight to differ from day to day; it might be due to water retention, when you last had a dump if a woman is on her period, or what you last ate. Daily weigh ins can help you keep track of your progress and make you better motivated to reach your body goals. So no, you can’t lose weight just by keeping track of your weight every day, but it will help you reach the right mindset in order to reach your goals.

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