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Daily Self-Weighing May Help Cut Holiday Weight Gain

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New York: If you want to avoid adding extra kilos during holidays, engaging in daily self-weighing may help, according to a new research. Previous research has shown the holiday season can lead to weight gain and that persists after end of holidays and could contribute to annual weight gain. While overweight or obese individuals are susceptible to gaining the most weight, people who regularly exercise are not protected from weight gain either during holidays.

According to the study, people who weighed themselves on a daily basis and received graphical feedback of their weight changes either maintained or lost weight during the holiday season, while those who didn’t perform daily self-weighing gained weight. “Maybe they exercise a little bit more the next day (after seeing a weight increase) or they watch what they are eating carefully,” said study author Jamie Cooper, Associate Professor at the University of Georgia in the US.

The study involved 100 adults in the 18-65 age group. Participants in the intervention group were instructed to try to maintain baseline weight throughout the holiday season. But no additional instructions on how to achieve that goal were provided. This allowed each participant to self-select how they would modify their behaviour. For instance, an individual could become more physically active or decide to eat less if a weight increase was noticed. Participants in the control group were given no instructions. (IANS)

 

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