There have been many weight loss programs over the years, but a few have managed to stick around because of their effectiveness. While skepticism is a good thing when looking at such programs, you will probably find that the big names in the industry that you instantly recognize are some of the most effective. They may not be the panacea they claim to be, but they may help you reach your goal weight. The best plans recognize that diet, exercise, and total lifestyle changes are required to lose weight long-term.
Things to Look For
While the minute details of the big weight loss programs are beyond our scope here, there are some simple things you can look for. Of course, every person is different and only you can determine the best way for you. Consider your abilities and limitations and use that information to extrapolate your budget for your weight loss program. If diversity in your diet is something that will stave off tedium, focus on finding a program with a focus on variety. If community support is important to you, you can find a program with a good social support system.
Here are the main three points to examine in your search:
Comprehensive Lifestyle Review – Weight loss programs that lack an exercise or support component are usually not going to work in the long run. You have to change your entire lifestyle for weight loss to stick.
Balance – You also want to make sure that the program advocates balanced meals and gradual weight reduction, not radical short-term changes. Low calorie, low carb, low protein diets that are often found in such diets usually spiral your body into a mode of starvation. Starvation causes you to lose muscle mass, not fat, which is the kind of weight you want to lose. In the long term, your metabolism will crash and you will quickly regain the weight.
Keep It Simple – There are weight loss programs available that make you calculate your nutritional measurements (protein, fat, carbs, etc.). Such programs are often too much work for the standard dieter and they simply give up on them. So just keep it simple and choose a program that has all that calculated for you and will tell you what meals are appropriate. Just do your research by Googling the programs you are interested in. There is tons of great information and success stories online.
Cost and Professionalism – A good weight loss program is more than just a website; you need to be able to track down reviews from people that have actually tried it, good or bad. You shouldn’t require a subscription to an academic journal to find such evidence either, the scientific evidence should be readily available. Good diet programs will be backed by real-life nutritionists, doctors, and dieticians.
Which Should You Choose?
Realistically, only you or your doctor can make that choice. You’ll probably have to check out and sample a few different programs before you find the one for you. Look for the program that best suits your lifestyle and schedule. Choose one that will make small changes to what you eat, so you can follow it for many years, not just a few weeks. I found great tips while writing a series of articles for www.weightlosstriumph.com to help answer my questions.
Melissa Cameron is a married homemaker with two wonderful children. She enjoys spending time with her family, dabbling in digital photography, and loves learning about new things. Her current passion is getting back into shape and losing a little weight while improving the eating habits of her husband and kids at the same time. She is working on articles on a variety of topics including free images for websites where you can get a huge selection of photos.