Thursday, April 22, 2010

How Often Should You Weigh Yourself?

If you're trying to lose weight, the bathroom scale is one of the most effective tools you can use.  For years, many experts recommended tossing the scale.  They said the emotional ups-and-downs caused from weighing yourself, wreaked too much havoc on your emotional state.  But that has changed.  A review of over a dozen studies tracking 16,000 dieters, provides indisputable evidence that the scale is one of the most effective tools for losing weight AND preventing weight gain.  75% of successful dieters, who have lost 30 lbs. or more, weighed themselves several times a week.  Studies show that weighing yourself daily, or several times a week, results in more weight loss.  
You don't have to spend hundreds of dollars on a high tech scale.  A digital scale will give you a more accurate weight.  If it bugs you to see how much you weigh, try the numberless scale created by Olympic gymnast, Mary Lou Retton.  Mary Lou's Weight Platform secretly records your starting weight and then tells you how much you're up or down each time you weigh.  She also provides a motivational pep talk if you gain, as well as congratulations when you lose.
It costs about $70.00.  You can find it at her web site, marylou'  Enter the promotion code-prevent-and get $30 off the price.  
To lose weight and to prevent weight gain, weigh yourself several times a week, even daily.  Weigh yourself first thing in the morning (after going to the bathroom).  Place your scale on a hard surface when you weigh, not on a rug or carpet.

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