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5 Myths About Losing Weight

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Don't Step on a Scale

Stepping on the scale regularly can be a smart dieting move.
Stepping on the scale regularly can be a smart dieting move.
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For many people, the scale is the proverbial giant elephant in the room. Many people try ignoring it to avoid facing facts -- those pesky extra pounds have once again snuck in and taken residence in unwelcome areas. Scale critics may be missing out, however. People who weigh in regularly (once a week is recommended) tend to notice when extra weight is slipping on. They are then able to nip it in the bud before two pounds turn into 20. Stick with the same scale every week and your results should be reliable. Savvy dieters and exercisers may also want to take measurements of the chest, arms, thighs, buttocks, waist and hips on a monthly basis. After all, muscle isn't weightless, so you might be losing inches even if the scale shows that you aren't dropping pounds [sources: Weight Watchers, MSNBC].

For more weight-loss myths and tips for a healthy diet, follow the links below.

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