When the numbers on the scales do not want to move from the dead point for a week, the temptation to give up, binge with burgers and never come back to this terrible weight loss diet is greater than ever. Recent studies, however, show that the daily weighing (and not counting calories) is your way to a carefree weight loss.
Previous works on the topic showed that a consistent weighing can help people who are already on a weight loss diet. But a group of scientists from Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania wanted to see if this assertion is true, when we talk about people who are not trying to lose weight consciously.
To test the hypothesis experimentally, the scientists asked 294 women of different weights and builds to answer questions about whether they monitor their weight and how they do it. After that, calculations were made of the BMI and the percentage of fat deposits of each participant. Calculations were repeated 6 months later, and then in 2 years again.
An interesting fact is that the first group had on average higher indices at the beginning of the study. Since the scientists asked the participants not change anything in their daily regimen, the trainings intensity and the nutrition system during the experimental period, it is safe to say that weighing made all the difference.
“Losses in BMI and body fat levels were modest, yet still significant, especially given that these women were not part of a weight loss program. We must confess that we did not expect any weight loss occurring even without much control over their diet and even without pursuing the goal of losing weight,” said the co-author Diane Rosenbaum Diane Rosenbaum, PhD and psychologist from the University of Pennsylvania.
The researchers assume that the scales work as a monitoring system and a constant reminder of the goals of the weight loss diet, thus contributing to additional motivation.
“Regular weighing can encourage you to eat right and exercise, as it gives you the evidence that this behavior is truly effective in the fight against excess weight” adds the study co-author Meghan Butryn from Drexel University. “In the same way, when you see an increase in the number on the scale, you understand that you need to change your diet.”
Thus, the new study proves once again:
We can complement this idea with the results of an experiment held by the Harvard Medical School, during which it was found that under multitasking conditions (breakfast + computer, lunch + telephone, dinner + book) we eat more than we want, and more than our body needs for normal functioning.