How To Choose A Weight Loss Program
Do you want to lose weight or have you been thinking about it? Then you need a weight loss program. But when it comes to weight loss there are lots of different programs to choose from. Magazines, books, the Internet all promise a magic program.
With so many options, how do you know which will work for you? In this article, you will find tips on how to choose the most suitable weight loss program for you.
Involve Your Doctor
You should consult your doctor before you start any weight loss program. This is because your doctor will give information about programs that are not suitable for you based on your medical history. The doctor can inform you on what exercises you can do, what medication you can take, that sort of thing.
You can tell your doctor about your previous attempts at weight loss and what programs interest you. Your doctor could be able to direct you to weight-loss support teams or refer you to a registered nutritionist.
Think About Your Personal Needs
What works for someone else might not work for you, so you need to consider things like your weight loss goals, your lifestyle, interests stuff like that.
- Your previous diets: What did you try? Did you like them? Did they work? Where you able to stick with them.
- Your Budget: Some programs can be costly, as they may need you to buy certain supplements, foods, visit some clinics. Is your wallet up for it?
- Your preferences: Do you want to do it on your own or do you want to do it with a group. Do you like online programs or do you prefer the personal touch?
- Others: Do you have any medical issues? You need to take that into consideration. Do you have religious, cultural or ethical requirements regarding food?
Look for an effective weight loss program
While it’s tempting to choose a program that promises rapid results, you need to be smart and know that rapid may not mean safe. And also slow and steady is easier to stick to
Successful weight loss requires a long-term commitment to making healthy lifestyle changes in eating, exercise, and behavior.
Behavior modification is important and will have the best impact on your long run weight loss efforts.
When looking for a program you should consider its:
- Likeability: When going on a diet you should make sure its contents are appealing to you. This is because if you don’t like the foods in the program then you’ll not be properly motivated to continue with it. This will affect your long-term weight loss results.
- Flexibility: A flexible program won’t restrict you from certain food groups but will offer you variety from all the major food groups even though some certain food items will be a no-no. A flexible plan will have foods that can be found in your locality that you enjoy, not rare disgusting herbs. However, the plan should limit alcohol, sugary drinks, and high sugar sweets because the calories in them don’t provide enough nutrients.
- Balance: Any good weight loss program should have a balanced diet. It should have the right amount of nutrients and calories. It shouldn’t have large amounts of a certain food group while neglecting the others– that’s not healthy. Also, safe and healthy diets do not require excessive vitamins or supplements.
- Activity: A good weight loss program should include proper exercises as they help burn calories and offer great health benefits. We all know that exercise is an important factor in maintaining weight loss.
Questions You Should Ask When Choosing A Program
Before choosing any weight loss program take time to learn as much as you can about it. As said earlier what works for you may not work for someone else.
- Risk: Does this program carry any risk. We’re talking about things like health problems here. Are the recommendations safe for you, especially if you have a health condition or take medications?
- Results: You should ask questions concerning those already following the program like; what amount of weight does the average participant lose. How long does the weight loss last? Do you have written information on these and other program results? Are the results of the program published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal?
- What to expect: Does the plan provide guidance that you can adapt to your situation? Does it require buying special meals or supplements? Does it offer online or in-person support? Does it teach you how to make positive, healthy changes in your life to help maintain your weight loss?
- Reliability: Is the program backed by science and research? If it is a weight loss clinic you are going to, do the doctors and other staff has the right credentials and certification? Will the support staff coordinate with your own doctor?
Warning Signs When Choosing A program
There are some things you need to look out for when choosing a program, these signs indicate that you should stay away.
- Outrageous promises: avoid programs that make promises like Lose weight without going on a diet or doing exercise! Lose weight while eating as much as you want of all your favorite foods! Lose 20 kg in 30 days! lose weight in specific areas in your body! All these promises are lies meant to rope in desperate people.
- Very small print, asterisks, and footnotes, which may make it easy to miss important information
- Before-and-after photos that seem too good to be true
- Personal endorsements that may be made up
Long-term weight loss requires changes in lifestyle and eating habits. What this means is that you have to choose a program that you can stick to for a long time. This is because your results will be hampered if you go on an off your diet or go back to your previous habits.
Diets that don’t satisfy you or that you have problems with can cause you to throw in the towel. Some programs don’t advice you to make permanent changes to your lifestyle. This will lead to only short-term weight loss not, not long term.
At the end of the day, everything falls to you, even with a good weight loss program you still need discipline. All you need for longterm weight loss is a healthy diet with exercise and you are good to go.