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7 Diet Mistakes and Fast Fixes

"I haven't weighed myself all week" continued...

Fast Fix

Change your attitude toward the scale. Think of it as your own personal coach, suggests Dr. Wyatt. And it really does help fight fat: Of the NWCR participants, more than 60 percent weighed themselves daily to keep pounds from creeping back on.

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Stop kidding yourself. Avoiding the scale is just another form of denial. "Refusing to acknowledge that there's a problem just makes it worse," says Dr. Wyatt.

Don't get number obsessed. If you were as good as gold all week but still gained a little, don't flip out. Some of it might be water weight — last night's moo shu pork, the salty bag of popcorn you ate at midnight, or even your menstrual cycle.

Don't take weight gain personally. A lot of us have an annoying habit of tying our weight to our self-esteem. But the number on your scale is just information. "Weighing yourself is like monitoring your blood pressure or blood sugar," says Dr. Wyatt. "It lets you know where you are — not what kind of person you are."


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