Thin people weigh themselves.

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For years diet experts discouraged stepping on the scale to keep weight in check. Yet one of the findings of the National Weight Control Registry is that slim people do weigh themselves regularly. Not obsessively, not agonizing down to the ounce, but at least a couple of times a week. “At the first sign of weight gain, they go right back to their weight-loss plan,” says registered dietitian Elizabeth Somer.

Anne Fletcher, also a registered dietitian, says of the weight maintainers she’s interviewed over the years, “Most have found that it’s easier to manage their weight if they don’t allow themselves to go over their goal.”

Holly Johnson, a co-owner of a Sarasota, Florida–based marketing and public-relations firm and the mother of a teenager, confirms their findings. She always knows whether she’s in her preferred range of 105 to 113, because she weighs herself about twice a week. “If the scale starts creeping up to the higher end or I feel that things are starting to get out of control,” she says, “I cut back on starchy carbs and dessert.”


This is the sixth post in a series of habits of thin people, drawn from a Real Simple magazine story written by ih8exercise founder Lorie Parch.

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