The important reason Weight Watchers is ditching before and after photos

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While we completely understand the decision that’s been made, and support the reasons behind it, there are certainly arguments against it. Transformation photographs have long been used as a source of motivation for people undergoing a dramatic lifestyle change, and it’s rare that seeing a picture of themselves having lost a load of weight would trigger a person to switch off from whichever health and fitness plan they had been following. Usually, it serves to motivate further.

As well as that, in some cases, it’s actually helpful to have an end-goal. It would be unhealthy for some people to continue to lose weight at a steady pace, and the ‘end’ of a transformation – often marked by before and after pictures – could merely signal the change from a lifestyle designed for weight loss, to a lifestyle intended for maintaining weight healthily.

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