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Betting on weight loss can help people meet goals
Betting on weight loss can help people meet goals

For most of her adult life, Alfena Rascoe battled obesity. At 238 pounds, the Laurel resident said, the extra weight slowed her down, affecting her stamina at work as a child psychiatric specialist. It also led to high blood pressure, putting her at risk of heart disease and stroke. "I've done Atkins [diet], protein powder, the lemonade diet," says the 47-year-old. "Everything you can think of, I've tried it. They all work, but my issue is being able to maintain it." So in March 2013, after a new blood pressure medication caused swollen ankles and shortness of breath, she decided to give dieting one more try. This time, she found a new motivation: money....

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