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Weigh yourself once a week

Take This Action Commit to this action for yourself to help overcome the obesity epidemic.

If you're trying to lose weight, weighing yourself weekly can help you track your progress and see if your weight loss plan is working. If you're trying to maintain weight loss, checking your weight helps you notice and address small gains before they get too big. A recent study showed that individuals in a weight loss study who weighed themselves weekly were 11 times more likely to lose weight over 6 months than were individuals who didn't weigh themselves5.

Tips for Weighing Yourself

  • Designate one, and only one, day each week to check your weight. This will help you avoid getting caught up in normal day-to-day fluctuations.
  • Weigh yourself in the morning after you wake up.
  • Celebrate your achievements with small, non-food rewards.
  • If you hit setbacks, don't beat yourself up! Instead, come up with a plan to get back on track.
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The information included on this site is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.


In 2002, the average American was 25 pounds heavier than in 1960.