If you're trying to lose weight, choosing the best diet plan can feel sort of like trying to drink from a fire hose.  There are so many choices!  But there is one trick that can work right alongside all of them, and it's your best chance at success.

Weigh yourself every day.

When that number is thrown in our faces every single morning, it impacts how we behave with food and exercise the rest of the day.

A study conducted at the University of Georgia showed that people who weighed themselves every day might exercise a little bit more the next day if their weight is up, and they might reign in what they’re eating if they don't like the number on the scale.

The study used two groups of people: one that weighed themselves from November to January, and another that didn't. The ones that used the scale had the most success in preventing weight gain over the holidays.  Weighing yourself every day helps track weight loss progress too, and can be cause for celebration when you hit milestones along the way.  It's accountability.

Weight has been a struggle for me at different times in my life, and it wasn't until I started weighing myself every day that I really started seeing success.  I was sixty pounds heavier in high school than I am now, and college was a struggle too.  And don't even get us started on pregnancy weight gain, right ladies?  But I'm better at maintaining my goal weight now, and I've been in a 4-pound window for several years.  Credit the daily scale encounter, and having to face the facts after things like pizza, chips, and Tito's.  The scale helps me get back on track.

I've read that the average person gains between 2 and 6 pounds over the holidays, and we know this because the scale confronts us with the news.  But if we keep hopping on daily and we're at least semi-good, it will give us the number we want to see sooner rather than later.

2020's gonna be all right.