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In a recent poll conducted by SparkPeople.com, 35 percent of respondents named the scale as their primary motivation to lose weight. While this mindset seems harmless, dietitian Becky Hand thinks it may contribute to the growing dieting failure rate.

“The scale is a short-term motivator,” she says. “Once you’re bored with the numbers, you’re bored with your diet. The best strategy is to not put so much pressure on the scale to move, but see beyond the numbers and understand the role that weight loss will have on the rest of your life.”

Hand notes that a total of 44 percent of respondents were most motivated by how they looked (mirror or compliments) rather than an arbitrary number.

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Reprinted with permission from Vibrant Life, January/February, 2007. Copyright © 2007 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines.


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