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How to Start a Weight-Loss Program

How to Assess Your Weight

We often hear about the high cost of shedding excess weight. But how often do we consider the cost of not shedding those unwanted, extra pounds? As health-care reformists add up the billions of dollars it costs to treat diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, some researchers have been calculating the toll overweight takes on our overall quality of life.

What price would you pay for increased self-confidence, an improved self-image, a better love life, improved relationships at work and home?  The good news is that even small reductions in excess body weight net big returns when it comes to improved quality of life.

Try this on yourself: For the next four weeks, follow the tips in this article that target areas of your lifestyle and behavior that you'd most like to improve. Then come back to this survey and answer these questions again. Note how your responses have changed. Recognize and give yourself a pat on the back for those areas in which you've improved. Remember, not all of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle are measured by the number that pops up on your scale each week.

We have one final test for you to take to determine if you are ready to lose weight. On the next page, you will find our true-or-false-test designed to rate your readiness to change your lifestyle.

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