It’s a scary statistic: About 40% of people who lose weight gain it all back within a year. But Cornell University in the US has hit on a jaw-droppingly simple way to keep that flab from doubling back: weigh yourself each day and keep track of the results.

In the university’s two-year study, 162 subjects who wanted to lose weight were given a target of dropping 10% of their starting body weight, then split into two groups: one that got on the scale daily and recorded their poundage on a graph, and one that didn’t.

At the end of the first year, both groups had lost close to the same weight (about 5 percent). But the big shock came in the second year: Only the scale group kept the kilos off—a feat almost unheard of in weight-loss programs.

Daily weighing “counteracts the food cues in our environment,” says study VIP Dr Carly Pacanowski. Sure, it’s a pain in the arse (less so if you buy a Tanita RD-953 body composition monitor, which connects your mobile device to the scale using the Tanita Health Planet app). But wouldn’t you rather face the truth when you’re standing on a scale than when you’re trying to zip up the pants you’re supposed to wear to the wedding?

Tanita have the best range of scales and body composition monitors on the market, giving anyone involved in healthy lifestyles tools that will assist in achieving their personal fitness goals.

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