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Weigh this weight loss option heavily.
Only about one in six Americans who has been overweight or obese has lost the weight and then kept it off, according to research from the Penn State College of Medicine. This, despite, spending an estimated $66 billion on weight loss-related items each year, including diet books and gym memberships.
Instead of dropping loot on all of that, read Upgrade’s simple, free guide to losing weight — and remember this: Multiple studies show that people who step on a scale once a day are far more likely than those who don’t to keep the weight off. (Scroll down to see some of the best-priced, best-reviewed scales, like this $17 scale with more than 16,600 reviews, which is an Amazon customer favorite.)
A recent study of more than 1,000 people over the course of a year from the American Heart Association found that “people who never weighed themselves or only weighed once a week did not lose weight,” while those that did it six to seven times a week “had a significant weight loss”. And a 2015 study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics concluded that “weighing everyday led to greater adoption of weight control behaviors and produced greater weight loss compared to weighing most days of the week.” Other research comes to a similar conclusion.
So what scale should you buy? Most of them do the job; a Consumer Reports investigation revealed: “All the digital scales that measure weight alone were accurate, so look mostly for the style and functions you like.”
Here are two of the best-reviewed and best-priced options on Amazon: The Etekcity Digital Body Weight Bathroom Scale is around $17 on Amazon. With more than 16,600 reviews — 71% of those are five-star reviews — and priced at under $20, this digital scale ranks highly on the site on both price and customer satisfaction. And the Greater Goods Digital Bathroom Scale is also around $17 on Amazon. Fully 79% of the more than 6,500 reviewers gave this scale a five-star review, and like the Etekcity, it is priced at under $20.