Magazine article Work & Family Life

Focus on Eating Better, Not a Number on a Scale

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Focus on Eating Better, Not a Number on a Scale

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If you made a New Year's resolution to go on a diet, you're in good company. But as we all know, it's hard to lose weight and harder still to keep it off.

Weight loss alone is not the be-all and end-all of any healthy eating program, however, says nutrition therapist Heather Bell of the Tufts-New England Medical Center. She warns against an "over-focus on weight" to the exclusion of everything else.

"Even small changes in weight can produce significant improvements in cholesterol levels, blood sugar, blood pressure and other signs of health," Bell says. She offers these specific suggestions to help people at the start of any weight-loss program:

* Ask yourself several questions: What is my dream weight? What is the weight I would find acceptable? What was my highest weight? My lowest weight, as an adult-and for how long? What did it take to get me there? …

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