BBC News: Regular weighing helps prevent festive weight gain

Regularly weighing yourself could prevent weight gain this Christmas - reports BBC News and the Daily Mail.

Experts at the University of Birmingham and Loughborough have found that people who weigh themselves twice a week kept off the pounds during the festive period.

The average person gains between 0.4kg and 0.9kg over Christmas every year - which equates to between 5kg and 10kg over 10 years. But what could the study’s findings mean for Christmas weight gain and the worldwide obesity problem?

What was the study?

The universities recruited 272 adults and divided them into two groups. The first group - the intervention group - were instructed to record their weight twice a week and were given weight management tips, including a list of exercise calorie equivalents for festive food.

The second group - the control group - received a healthy living leaflet with no dietary advice. People in this group were not regularly weighing themselves.

The goal was to gain no more than 0.5kg of their baseline weight.

What were the findings?

Results showed that on average, participants in the second group gained 0.37kg. But those in the intervention group lost 0.13kg.

85% of those who lost weight stood on the scales twice a week.

Frances Mason, lead author of the study, said avoiding weight gain over Christmas could help in the long-term.

“People gain a kilo of weight on average annually. Often this weight gain happens at Christmas, and is never fully lost. This could possibly be a factor driving the obesity epidemic.

“The festive season coincides with public holidays in many countries, providing an opportunity for prolonged over-consumption and sedentary behaviour.

“On Christmas Day alone an individual might consume 6,000 calories - three times the recommended daily allowance.

“Christmas is likely to tax even the most experienced weight controller.”

You can read all the tips from the study here.

The obesity crisis

Obesity currently affects 1.9 billion adults worldwide - there has been an 18% rise in the number of patients admitted to hospitals for obesity related conditions.

The Government has subsequently recommended patients are “weighed by default” when visiting a GP.

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