If you’re watching your weight, there’s actually a best day of the week to look at the scale. A study published in the journal Obesity Facts found that most people lose weight over the course of the week and then gain some on the weekends. That means that you’re likely to be lightest on Friday and heaviest on Sunday. What sets overall weight-gainers apart from those who are able to lose weight is what happens between Monday and Friday. Weight-losers have what the researchers call a “stronger compensation pattern,” which means that their downward weight fluctuation started immediately after the weekend and continued all the way through Friday. On the other hand, people who gain weight showed more variability in their weight fluctuations and did not show a clear decrease during the week. What does this tell us? It reminds us that fluctuating up to 5 pounds per week is totally normal.
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