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A weighty issue

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It’s easy to become obsessed with weight. We hear about it and read things about weight loss, weight gain, appropriate body weight, etc. everywhere. While weight is an important measure of one’s state of health, it’s important to remember that it is possible to be healthy without being the “ideal” weight. Weight is not the only indicator of health.

If you have a scale at home it can be easy to weigh yourself too much and to draw the wrong conclusions from it. This can lead to frustration in true weight loss or healthy intervention efforts and cause us to fall off track.

Here are a couple of recommendations from the dietitian:

- Weigh yourself once per week (unless instructed otherwise by your physician)

- Weigh yourself at the same time of day wearing the same amount of clothing; weight can fluctuate a lot throughout the period of one day due to changes in water

- If you have started an exercise regimen you may be building muscle which can sometimes hide loss of fat mass; lean body mass (muscle) weighs more than fat mass

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