What would it take to make your home healthier and you slimmer? A fridge stocked with organic fruits and veggies, low-fat dairy products, and lean protein? Sure. A treadmill? Absolutely. But there are also a few inexpensive gadgets that can help you live better and lose more weight. Stock your pad with these four must-haves. Our experts explain why you need them—and how much you really need to spend.
Home Goods for Healthy Living #1: Digital Weight Scale
You may dread a daily weigh-in, but people who stepped on a bathroom scale every day shed more pounds—between 18 and 27—than those who didn't, according to recent research from the University of Minnesota. Using the scale was equally important for weight maintenance: Participants who weighed themselves daily, post-diet, were 12 to 18 pounds lighter than those who didn't monitor themselves as frequently. Keeping track helps you recognize weight creep, so you can take immediate action.
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Moore recommends investing in a digital scale, which is easier for most people to read. While analog (or mechanical) bathroom scales can cost less than $10, they're not as accurate as digital scales.