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27 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 31 December 2008 02:26AM

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Comment author: [deleted] 07 June 2012 01:10:27PM 1 point [-]

At this point Goodhart's law kicks in

Do people have any incentive to be interested in the number on the scales itself, regardless of its effects on health and looks?

Comment author: [deleted] 07 June 2012 01:22:47PM *  4 points [-]

I don't know for certain, but it seems to me that a common failure mode for people struggling with weight is paying too much concern to various statistics, invented or not.

Disclaimer: I don't believe the following is good general advice. I don't have any theory backing it up.

At this point, in my own current work, the most useful thing I've implemented is applying the nameless virtue to this. If I want to look better, then I need to have goals that involve looking better; if I want more endurance, I need to have goals that involve running harder and longer, and etc. It seems trivial but I don't see very much of it in the fitness community.