Most people are guilty of overindulging over the holidays. In fact, the average American gains two pounds between the Thanksgiving turkey and the New Year’s Eve champagne.
However, some of those same people don’t ever shed those extra pounds. Factor in a few holiday seasons and you’ll notice the difference in your waistline.
However, a new study just published in the journal Obesity says if you weigh yourself every day during the holidays, chances are you won’t put on weight — or at least, you’ll put on less, and be more aware of what to do to take it off.
A study conducted at the University of Georgia used two groups of people: one that weighed themselves from November to January, and another that didn’t. The ones that used their scale stayed their course when it came to fitness.
“Maybe they exercise a little bit more the next day [after seeing a weight increase] or they watch what they’re eating more carefully,” says Jamie Cooper, a UGA associate professor in the department of foods and nutrition.
“The subjects self-select how they’re going to modify their behavior, which can be effective because we know that interventions are not one-size-fits-all,” adds Cooper.
Long story short? If you want to still be able to fit into your pants come January, get to stepping — on that scale.