The Weight Loss Program Overview
Weight loss programs have become not just a trend but a way of life to a lot of people wanting to lose weight or maintain it. These programs are individually based and are handled by professionals, making it in demand to people who seek reliable and appropriate programs that meet individual needs. There are 3 main types of weight loss programs widely available on line or in a nutritionist or physicians clinic. Your choices could either be Commercial Program, Self Help Program and Clinical Program.
Before discussing the different types of programs, it’s important to take note of certain guidelines to follow in choosing the best guideline suited for you.
Proper assessment of your general health and medical condition – of course everything starts in checking out first if you are fit to follow a certain program and you have no serious medical condition that could place you at great risk, health wise. Some programs require very low calorie diet and proper evaluation of your health ensures your health is not compensated.
Safety – once you determine you are fit to follow a program, make sure it is safe by not depriving you of other nutrients. A diet program should at least contain a daily caloric requirement of 1,200 to 1,600 calories a day to ensure you still meet other energy requirements.
Slow and Steady – an ideal weight loss program does not ensure rapid weight loss. Expected loss for the first 2 weeks should be a pound a week due to loss of fluid. A reasonable and realistic goal should be set. Around 1 or 2 pounds each week is the normal weight loss.
Make a List of important Questions regarding the weight loss program – make sure you know the details of the program such as; fees and cost to pay; are the staff, physician and nutritionist qualify as health professionals? (look for credentials); what are the food choices; percentage of people who complete the program?; are there any maintenance program?
Long Term approach – weight loss programs should be geared as a long term management, otherwise it will be a waste of time and money. It should involve a change of lifestyle and improved health and food habits.
This type of program offers online tools, and sells prepared food. They charge a specific fee if you attend meetings or other on line activities. The most popular are Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig, both online programs. Some web based program and exercise programs are free.
SELF HELP PROGRAMS
Run by volunteer groups who regularly hold meetings for members where they discuss and share weight issues and frustrations. They mainly focus on encouragement and personal self help tips to aid in losing weight. Examples are Overeaters Anonymous and Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS).
Organized by health care professionals who are in private or clinical practice or hospital or based settings. They could be doctors, dietician or nutritionists, psychologists and therapists aimed at providing wide range of services. Usually features an 800 calorie per day diet plan, they ensure a rapid weight loss within a 12 week period, averaging of as much as 5 pound a week of weight loss. These program is best suitable for obese patients or with BMI greater than 30.
Adherence to a weight loss program is a decision out of choice and commitment that stems from a lifelong effort to lose weight. Weight maintenance is not common in weight a loss program, that’s why it’s important to bear in mind that it’s a total change of thinking and attitude that could help an individual succeed in losing weight. It’s not the program that can change you or your weight, but how you change your outlook on losing weight.