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People who are trying to lose weight and frequently weigh themselves report feeling equipped to handle certain situations that could trigger them to overeat, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology/Lifestyle 2016 Scientific Sessions.

Researchers analyzed information from a 12-month behavioral weight-loss intervention study, which grouped 148 people according to self-weighing patterns: high/consistent, meaning they weighed themselves at least six days a week consistently throughout the period; moderate/declined, which means they decreased their weigh-ins from four to five days a week to two days per week; minimal/declined, decreased their weigh-ins from five to six days per week to zero days per week.

The study also assessed the participant’s self-efficacy at six and 12 months, where they rated their confidence to avoid eating under various conditions, including when they had negative emotions, availability (when food is available), social pressure, physical discomfort and positive activities. The higher the total score and score for each condition, the greater their self-efficacy rating. The high/consistent group had significant increases in all five conditions and the total score.  The other two groups had no change over time.