Weigh yourself daily to slim down,' say researchers

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When you're trying to lose weight, it can be tempting to step onto the scales whenever you pass the bathroom, and according to the latest research, that's no bad thing.

In a study conducted by researchers at Duke University in North Carolina, overweight men and women who weighed themselves daily did considerably better in the slimming stakes, shifting three times as much as their less scales-obsessed counterparts.

Each of the participants was given dieting advice, with 47 of the overweight volunteers asked to weigh themselves every day for six months. Following the six-month regime, they were asked to fill out a questionnaire that included details of what they ate, when they ate, how much exercise they did, and how much they watched TV.

Those weighed themselves every day lost 1 stone and 6lb on average, a significantly larger amount than the 7lb average lost by those who weighed themselves less frequently. Those that stepped onto the scales every day were found to be three times as likely to cut the number of calories they ate.

Researchers believe that the daily weigh-ins helped the slimmers to keep track of their weight, taking action when the number began to grow, and becoming more motivated as they saw the excess pounds begin to disappear.

However, not everyone is convinced that daily weighing is the way to go. Tam Fry, of the National Obesity Forum, told the Daily Mail that while it may be useful for some, constant weighing could leave some anxious or disheartened.

He told the paper: "Clearly daily weigh-ins work for some but I think weighing once a week to make sure things are going in the right direction is quite enough."

Have you recently lose weight? Did you go for daily weigh-ins, or try to avoid the scales? Leave your comments below...