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Much of the motivation for dieting is based upon a dissatisfaction with appearance that cannot be fixed by dieting. For most people, their perception of weight loss is paramount and no amount of weight loss will transform their bodies to look like models or movie stars. Too much emphasis is placed on weight loss, and not enough emphasis is placed on improving health and well-being". David Schlundt, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Vanderbilt University.

In a perception study in which consumers averaging 220 pounds were asked, prior to losing any weight, what they would consider to be an acceptable level of weight loss, the results were as follows: Their "dream weight" was 135 pounds, a 38 percent reduction. They would be "happy" with a 32 percent reduction, would "accept" a 25 percent reduction, but would be "disappointed" with a 17 percent reduction.

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An increase in physical activity is an important part of your weight loss program. Physical activity improves your muscle/fat ratio - thus raising metabolism for easier weight loss - and boosts your motivation to maintain the weight you lose.

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