PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Dieters who take photos of themselves in a bikini are more likely to shed pounds according to a new study.

The study from the University of Alicante in Spain says that keeping a photo diary of how you look will keep you motivated to continue dieting.

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“What patients want is a photo, rather than cold number,” according to Professor Mercedes Rizo Baeza.

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The study examined the motivation levels of 271 patients, 233 of which were women.

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The participants took part in a 16-week program, and 90% of the participants lasted until the end.