The holiday season is all about food and festivities. Parties on top of parties mean that there is free flow of food. It also means that you may lose control on what you are eating and end up eating more than required.
What’s more, this is also the time of the year when sedentary lifestyles take over an agile lifestyle and physical activity finds itself sitting in the corner – entirely neglected. When that all this happens in tandem, weight gain is due.
Already, obesity is a serious cause for concern in the US. On average, you can gain about 0.9-2.2 pounds every year. Evidence also indicates that 50% of the weight gain occurs during the holiday season like this Christmas season.
So, you have two options. Either you let the pounds grow and increase on top of one another or you take all the measures that you can to manage your weight. Since weight management is a healthier option among the two, it is best that you take steps before you gain weight this holiday season.
Does weight tracking help you lose weight?
Keeping a track of your weight is an effective way to manage your weight. Tracking on the digits always helps. For instance, tracking your steps as you run is an excellent way to manage weight.
A study published in the PLOS One journal concluded that those who wore pedometers were more agile than those who didn’t use a pedometer. A pedometer is a portable device that counts your steps.
In this specific study, the researchers gathered a participant pool of 1,023 adults between the age bracket of 45-75. These were divided into two groups, the control group, and the intervention group. The control group did not use a pedometer. The participants in the intervention group, however, used a pedometer.
At the end of the 12-week program, researchers learned that those who used fitness trackers took more steps than those who didn’t use a pedometer to keep tabs on their steps.
Keeping a check on your weight works in much the same way. It appears that we are better able to control the weight if we are carefully tracking it. Findings of the latest study also come to the same conclusion.
What does the latest study have to say?
The latest study finds out that regularly weighing and recording weight can effectively help in its management. In fact, it can help save you from the seasonal swell that strikes over the holidays. The results were published in the BMJ publication.
What’s more, the investigation was conducted by researchers from the University of Birmingham’s Institute of Applied Health Research and the School of Sport, Exercise, and Health Sciences at Loughborough University in the United Kingdom.
The total participant pool stood at 272 people with 78% being white and 78% being female. These participants were divided into the intervention and control group. Members of the intervention group were asked to check and record their weight for a minimum of two times during a week.
The participants in this group were also given tips on weight management. Moreover, they were given a list of festive foods with information about how much physical activity can burn off the calories gained from each food. For instance, participants were told that 21 minutes of running could melt the calories gained by one mince pie.
On the other hand, the control group participants were given only a leaflet on healthy living. The results showed that the participants in the intervention group gained less weight. On average, the intervention group gained 1.1 pounds fewer than control group participants.
Furthermore, the participants in the intervention group showed more restraint in managing their weight by reducing their calories intake than those in the control group. Although this difference in weight gain is small, it indicates that self-monitoring your weight can help you manage it this season.
In short, it is clear that tracking your weight can help you manage weight this holiday season. There’s scientific evidence backing this claim. Therefore, it should help keep the seasonal swell at bay for you.