Before 28 September, 2017 Isabel Vallejo
An estimated 70% of first-year university students gain weight when they go to college.
This estimate comes from a group of researchers from Drexel University and Pennsylvania University (U.S.), who found that female freshmen lost more weight when they stepped on a scale at least once a day. Those that did not maintain this practice, however, were not able to lose any weight. Related article: Is your bodyweight proportional to your weight and height?
To reach this conclusion, researchers studied almost 300 women. The students’ weight and height were measured at the beginning of the study and again both six months and two years later.
“Their weight loss was minor, but significant; especially if you consider that these women were not in a weight loss program,” stated the study’s researcher, Diane Rosenbaum. Related article: Changing your routine can help with weight los.
According to the analysis, weighing yourself regularly can serve as a motivation to maintain healthy eating habits and a proper exercise routine, as there is evidence that these behaviors are effective to maintaining an ideal weight and to preventing heart disease.
The study was published online in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine.