Daily weighing may help patients achieve weight loss goals, suggests new research due to be presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions this weekend.
The study examined the self-weighing patterns of 1,042 adults from the ongoing prospective Health eHeart (HEH) study, to better understand the relationship between the temporal patterns of self-weighing and weight changes. Participants weighed themselves at home as normal without interventions, guidance or weight-loss incentives and the researchers monitored remotely-transmitted self-weighing data for a 12-month period.
Several categories of self-weighing adults were identified, including those that weighed themselves daily or almost daily to adults who never used at-home scales.
Over 12 months, persistent daily users had a significant percentage weight loss (estimated mean ± standard error: -1.7±0.2) as did increasing users (-0.8±0.3), rapid decliners (-1.9±0.4), and slow decliners (-1.8±0.3). However, non-users (-0.2±0.4) and weekly users (0.2±0.3) had no significant weight loss.
The authors said the findings support the central role of self-monitoring in changing behaviour and increasing success in any attempt to better manage weight.