Obesity is a serious issue, both physically and mentally. Realizing that your body is going away from the ‘size-zero’ concept can be a very depressive experience for many. Thus, most of us, especially the group between 20-40 always on a lookout for weight loss methods.
When you’re trying to select a weight loss program for you, it most vital that you choose something healthy and very appropriate for your needs. The last thing you would want to expect in this is to end up in a hospital with an even more worse condition trying to reduce weight. Trust me, it has happened to many and it is still continuing to happen. This is largely influenced by this generations ‘get-quick’ idea. So, the very wise decision is to look for a health plan that will meet your needs and set you up for long-term success.
As a rule of thumb, look for plans that gives you a weight loss of about 1-2 pounds a week. Anything more aggressive than this is not very recommended. Either you will have to use a drug that is medically not-advised, or strain your body very extremely. Both ways are not good.
Ask these questions when you choose on a health program.
Are all staffs qualified to recommend what they recommend? Your weight loss plan could be suggested by counsellors and health professionals such as registered dietitians, doctors, and exercise physiologists. Now, all can give you such tips, but only the professionals will clearly have an idea about what the aftereffect would be. So, make sure that you approach the right team for the right advice.
How much choices do the plan gives you on your food?
Who is setting your weight loss goal: you, or someone else? Don’t over-strain yourself just because someone else is setting the target. But, yes, you have to push your limits a little bit to reach your target. At the same time, you also have to understand what are the practical limits in your goals.
What is the percentage of people who complete the program? A higher rate of droppers only means that the program is not at all practical.
What is the average weight loss among people who finish the program and at given period?
Does the program gives you side effects? What are they? And how many of the participants are affected by this? This is highly important when the plan requires you to take any sort of medications, even special vitamins.
Does the weight loss plan give you a maintenance program to maintain the weight you lose? Losing weight is one thing and maintaining that weight is another. If you are gaining your weight back once you have lost it, then there is literally no point in losing it in the first place. Normally the effort to maintain weight should be much lower than the effort to reduce weight. So, check for a continuous weight maintaining program.
What is the total cost, including any foods or supplements that are required?
If you are someone with health issues, or if you are taking some regular medications advise by a doctor, then it much more important to consult your doctor before you even think of a weight-loss plan. If you plan to use a very-low-calorie diet, definitely see your doctor first and check in with him/her throughout your diet.