It’s a familiar story: Most dramatic weight loss transformations end in dramatic gain-backs within a year (studies show this happens in about 40 percent of people). But there’s one simple trick to keep the pounds off, according to a Cornell University study. Weigh yourself every day and track the results.
In the study, 162 subjects who wanted to lose weight were given a target of dropping 10 percent of their starting body weight, then split into two groups: one that got on the scale daily and recorded their poundage on a graph, and one that didn’t. At the end of a year, both groups lost close to the same amount of weight (about 5 percent). But the big shock came in the second year: Only the scale group kept the pounds off.
What’s more, new research from The University of Manchester indicates the more often people use digital scales, the more weight they lose. The study was conducted in partnership with Withings—the French connected-health technology manufacturer who gathered data from a random sample of their UK-based Smart Scale customers.
The research was gathered over a four-year period, in which 975 men and women participated. Users who interacted the most with their Internet-enabled scales just so happened to lose the most weight—the equivalent of an extra 2.5 pounds lost in men and 2 pounds lost in women a year.
“In this study we wanted to know more about the ways that engagement with weighing scales indicates the users’ behaviour, something that is only possible with recent advances in technology,” study author Matthew Sperrin said in a press release. “By working with Withings we were able to spot a strong correlation between self-weighing and weight-loss, particularly that the more a patient weighed themselves, the more weight they were shown to lose.” Though it’s not clear whether the weight change encourages people to monitor their weight more closely or the monitoring encourages the weight loss.
Aside from the Withings, we’ve compiled four more of the best Internet-enabled scales you can buy. Monitor everything from your weight to your BMI—and keep the flab off for good.Back to top