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  • The ‘mirror method’ for weight control does not work; You must weigh yourself

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    Friday, February 29, 2008 9:01 am Email this article
    A couple months ago, I was talking about weight with a two guys. One guy is in good athletic shape and said he weighed 185 pounds. The other guy said he had not weighed himself for a while, but guessed that he probably weighed about 210-215 pounds and felt that he needed to lose 10-15 pounds. I thought, "Does he really think he weighs 210 pounds? He weighs at least 250 pounds."
    The Mirror Method

    The Mirror Method failed miserably

    He said rather than weighing himself, he had been using “the mirror method” of simply looking at himself in the mirror to determine how much he weighed and how much he needed to lose.


    His Real Weight

    His real weight : 262 lbs

    Recently I convinced him to weigh himself to give himself a starting point and to be able to determine whether or not his diet methods were working.

    When he got on the scale, he weighed 262 pounds—50 pounds more than he thought he weighed.


    The Mirror Method… Again?

    He continues to insist on “The Mirror Method”

    He’s trying to diet to lose weight, but continues to insist on using “the mirror method” rather than weighing himself.

    But isn’t that what got him in trouble in the first place?

    Why continue to use something that failed so miserably in the past?


    What Would a Master Do?

    Dr. Kiev says, ‘Relentlessly monitor your feedback’

    Psychiatrist and author Ari Kiev, MD, who has helped Olympic athletes win Gold medals and has written several books on mastery, says first you have to promise a goal, then figure out what you have to do to get there, and then monitor your feedback relentlessly to determine what is working and what is not and make the changes necessary in order to achieve your goal.

    If you want to lose weight or are trying to maintain your weight, you’ve got to weigh yourself every day to figure out what is working and what is not.

    As Dr. Kiev says, “Relentlessly monitor your feedback.”

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