How To Find A Winning Weight Loss Program!
by Kim Beardsmore

Choosing a winning weight loss program may be a daunting task...

If you do not know what to look for in a weight loss program, or what questions to ask. The following information can help you make an informed decision on which weight loss program is right for you!

What is a responsible and safe weight-loss program?

Experts agree, the best way to reach a healthy weight, is to follow a sensible eating plan and engage in regular physical activity. Weight loss programs should encourage healthy behavours that help you lose weight and maintain your weight loss over time...

Therefore a safe and effective weight loss program should include:

  1. Healthy eating plans that reduce calories but do not rule out specific foods or food groups.
  2. Regular physical activity and/or exercise instruction.
  3. Tips on healthy behaviour changes that also consider your cultural needs.
  4. Slow and steady weight loss of about to 2 pounds per week and not more than 3 pounds
    per week — weight loss may be faster at the start of a program.
  5. A plan to keep the weight off after you have lost it.

Ask lots of questions before you make your weight loss program choice. Gather as much information as you can before deciding to join a weight loss program.

Providers of different weight-loss programs should be able to answer the following questions for you:

What does the weight loss program consist of?

  1. Does the program offer individual counselling and/or group classes?
  2. Do you have to follow a specific meal plan or keep food records?
  3. Do you have to purchase special food, drugs, or supplements?
  4. Does the program encourage you to be physically active, follow a specific physical activity
    plan, or provide exercise instruction?
  5. Does the program provide information on how to make positive and healthy behavior changes?
  6. Is the program sensitive to your lifestyle and cultural needs?

Does the product or program carry any risks?

  1. Are there risks related to following the program's eating or exercise plans?
  2. Are there risks related to using recommended drugs or supplements?
  3. Do participants talk with a medical professional?
  4. Does a medical professional oversee the program?
  5. Will the program providers work with your personal health care provider if you have a medical condition or are taking prescribed medications?

How much does the program cost?

  1. What is the total cost of the program?
  2. Are there recurring costs such as weekly attendance fees, costs of food and supplement
    purchases, etc?
  3. Are there additional fees for a follow-up program or to re-enter the program for follow-up after
    you lose weight?
  4. Are there additional fees for medical tests?

What results do participants typically have?

  1. How much weight does an average participant lose and how long have they kept off all or
    part of their weight?
  2. Can the program provide references?

Armed with this information, you should be much better equipped to avoid weight loss programs making empty promises, or those that can't sustain long term results.

About the author: Kim Beardsmore is a weight loss consultant. Get tons of articles, recipes, tools, nutrition to help you lose weight and estimate your healthy body weight.