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When Weighing In Brings You Down

By Rallie McAllister

Of all the appliances in my home, I have special feelings of contempt for my bathroom scale. It has caused me more anguish than my vacuum cleaner, electric can opener, and toaster combined. I'm pretty sure that most Americans feel the same way. At one time or another, we've all been disappointed, surprised, or even horrified by the numbers offered up to us by our scales.

Most of us are entirely too concerned about the numbers displayed by our scales, and we spend way too much time and energy trying to lower them the old fashioned way. If you've been under the misconception that you have to exercise to the point of collapse or subsist on starvation rations to achieve a favorable reading, here's some good news.

You can achieve the weight of your dreams without so much as breaking a sweat. You just have to develop a strategy to ensure that the number displayed by your scale represents your desired weight, regardless of how much it deviates from your true weight.

Here are a few pointers:

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If you try all of these scale-scamming moves and you still aren't able to achieve your desired weight, your scale is obviously defective. At this point, your best bet is to step away from the scale, and go get a bite to eat instead.

© Rallie McAllister
Rallie McAllister, MD, the author of "Healthy Lunchbox: The Working Mom's Guide to Keeping You and Your Kids Trim (LifeLine Press, September 2003)", runs a family practice specializing in nutrition, wellness, and weight loss called Healthy Solutions, in Kingsport, Tennessee. Dr. McAllister is the creator and popular host of Rallie On Health, a health magazine TV show with over 1 million viewers in the five-state area of eastern Tennessee. Millions across the country also know her for her weekly nationally syndicated column called "Your Health by Dr. Rallie McAllister." Dr. McAllister lives with her husband and three children in Kingsport, Tennessee. Visit Rallie at


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