Scale + graph = weight loss

How to maintain the motivation to lose weight

It was previously thought that weighing you daily could cause anxiety. However, now Cornell University puts its finger on the line and performs research whose results suggest the opposite: Seeing your positive results and reflecting them on a graph motivates you! So if you are overweight or want to lose those extra pounds or pounds, give it a try and tell us your results.

We know that it is very important to control our body mass index or BMI , especially if we tend to be overweight. It is not a secret that losing weight – however complicated it may be – is easier than maintaining our ideal weight. Once the goal is reached, what are our alternatives to preserve our figure?

Scoring can make a difference

According to a study conducted by researchers at Cornell University there is a very simple procedure that can help us maintain our ideal weight, or contribute to remove the extra pounds or pounds. What is needed? A personal or bathroom scale , and an Excel file or any other program that allows you to translate the scale data into a graph so you can see them. Apparently visualizing the weight on paper allows you to relate what you eat and what you weigh.

Until very recently, there was the generalized idea among people who take care of our weight for aesthetic and health reasons, that we should weigh once a month or more once a week to have a correct comparison of the variation of our weight. This idea is changing from new research that indicates that keeping a daily record of our weight will facilitate the loss of kilos or pounds that we have more, or else, it will help us maintain our ideal weight once we have reached it.

This study, published in the Journal Obesity , shows statistics that indicate that 40 percent of people who have been under a program or diet, accompanied by physical activity scheduled to lose weight, return to overweight one year after finishing the diet . What can be more discouraging is that 100% of people who manage to lose weight with some type of physical or nutritional regime “rebound to a state of overweight after five years of having completed the program of their choice.”

On the other hand, according to the study, David Levitsky, a professor of Nutrition and Psychology at Cornell University , reported that in the first year, the 162 people who were undergoing some treatment to lose weight and who kept a daily record of their weight, they achieved, and that for the second year, almost all the men and women who continued to keep track of their weight did not show a significant increase in weight.

The psychological aspect in weight loss

Levitsky himself and his colleagues mentioned that there is no way to measure the “psychological motivation” that led people who participated in the study to have positive results in maintaining their ideal weight; But, we know that depression and anxiety can lead to overeating and, with it, overweight.

That is, a person who is disciplined in their diet and daily exercise and as a result of their effort manages to lose weight, is motivated every day to see that “the scale does not take you back to obesity.” Here the factor of advance reflected in a graph, which shows how the goal is getting closer every day, can be a determining factor for the success of the program.

On the other hand, The National Institutes of Health published on its website a study on the people who took control of their weight, with excellent results for the participants. The people who carried out this control lost more weight as they were more disciplined in keeping track of their weight, as well as their diet, as well as those that included the daily consumption of calories and the type and time of exercise and physical activity. performed during the first two and a half years of the program indicated by health professionals.

A relevant issue of this study was that the people involved had access to virtual conversations with other participants and specialists in nutrition and physical activity, so that there was a motivating factor at play. Those who participated more in group activities came to lose more than eight kilos (17.63 pounds) in six months; on the other hand, those less integrated into the activities, including the programmed registration of their weight, lost barely more than one kilo (one pound) in the same period of time.

Apparently we are facing a new “practice” to lose weight, with two very effective new components: one, the recording of our body weight (with its graph) daily, and two, the participation of self-motivation and psychological attention in group; that added, facilitate and potentiate the work of doctors and nutritionists.

Recommendations to lose weight and maintain our ideal weight

It is very necessary that if you have detected that the clothes tighten you or that you feel uncomfortable with your image, look for qualified professional help. There is no better way to achieve your goals. Do not self-medicate or follow fad diets. Here are some simple tips that can help you lose weight

  • Keep a daily record of your weight.
  • Empty the data in a program that generates the progress information in a graph.
  • Get advice from health professionals such as a certified nutritionist , your doctor, a qualified physical activity instructor.
  • Belongs to a community that is under some regime to lose weight, these groups will motivate you to continue with the program of your choice and will facilitate the loss of weight.
  • If possible, get psychological and motivational counseling to make progress in the program of your choice.

So do not give up, if you’re ready to try to lose weight, achieve it and keep it, remember to add keeping a record of your daily weight and carry a graph so you can visualize the descent and motivate you to reach your goal and then to continue celebrating your achievement. Try it Good luck!

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