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If you’re trying to lose weight, you might sometimes feel as though the bathroom scale is not your friend. But research suggests that the scale can be a powerful ally in your weight-loss effort.

A study by researchers at Cornell University suggests that frequent weighing in — as much as once per day — can help weight-loss efforts for overweight adults.

To weigh or not to weigh

Psychologist Leslie Heinberg, PhD, MA,  says there are some benefits to checking the scale daily. The more information people receive, the more they can make progress toward their goals.

“If you’re trying to lose weight without gathering some of this information, it’s a little bit like driving your car in a new town without the GPS,” Dr. Heinberg says. “You might stumble onto your destination by accident. But when you have all the information, like you would with a roadmap, you’re going to get there much more quickly and efficiently.”

Average-weight adults can see their weight fluctuate by as much as five to six pounds per day, because of fluid retention or even the time of day they step on the scale, Dr. Heinberg says. Weighing yourself every day can help you to see this. Then if your weight goes up slightly, you’re better able to recognize it as a blip, and not give up on your goals.

Conversely, there can be a danger in weighing yourself too much, as it can make you feel as though your efforts aren’t paying off. The key is to take a long view and track your results over time. Even if there’s occasional blips, the general trend should be downward; otherwise this is a sign you might need to tweak your weight-loss strategy.

The bigger picture

Even if your weight is at the right level, make a regular habit of getting on the scale. Weighing in only a few times a year can make it easy for excess pounds to creep in.

Dr. Heinberg recommends weighing in once or twice each week, at the same time of day on the same days of the week.

She also says that sometimes the scale doesn’t tell the whole story.

“The scale, unfortunately, is a bad barometer of behavior change,” said Dr. Heinberg. “You can do absolutely everything right and then you get on the scale and you’re up two pounds. It’s important to stay on track even if you sometimes face small setbacks.”

Dr. Heinberg also said the number on the scale is merely one piece of data. Factors such as waist measurements and how your clothes fit are just as important in creating your overall picture of health.

SOURCE: https://health.clevelandclinic.org/2016/03/how-often-should-you-step-on-the-scale/

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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