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To Lose Weight, Be True to Thyself

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It seems that Texans have been lying about their health and fitness habits! No way! I live in Texas but I did not participate in this survey. I stake my claim now that I was born and raised in New Mexico! They say all things are bigger and better in Texas…

All kidding aside, this survey says much about human nature. We will sometimes lie to cover up the real truth about ourselves. To make real changes to any behavior, you must admit to the problem.

According to the True Results Health Honesty Survey, 46 percent of those surveyed are not honest with family members and 32 percent admit to lying to doctors. True Results is a team of leading weight loss experts based in Texas.

"Lying about your health and fitness, if even only a few times per year, can signify a fundamental issue in your ability to achieve your health goals," said Jessica Diaz, nutritionist and exercise physiologist for True Results. "Numerous studies have shown, the key to achieving any health or fitness goal is support from those around you and that cannot happen if you're not honest with yourself or others."

The True Results' survey also revealed that slightly more women lie about their health and fitness habits to family than men (50 percent versus 43 percent) and to their doctors (34 percent versus 28 percent).

Weight categories were calculated by determining each respondent's body mass index (BMI), or measure of body fat based on height and weight. (Author’s note: body fat percentage based on skinfolds, for example, are more accurate and helpful than BMI because they tell you where you are fat).

The survey also showed that underweight people lie at similar rates to those who are overweight (43 percent lie to family and 29 percent lie to doctors).

The statewide survey was conducted by Promark Research Corporation, a public opinion research firm on behalf of True Results. A total of 802 residents of Texas were surveyed online. Results are considered accurate to +/- 3.46% 19 times out of 20.

So, what does this mean to you and your efforts to transform your body to lean and toned? Here are my tips:

1. Be honest about the state of your health and fitness.

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