Weight loss is hard work, and sometimes joining a group may help.
A structured weight loss program may help you get rid of excessive body weight and keep it off. In that way you can reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer.
If you want to join a weight-control program, you need to get to know the program first.
Here are some questions you can ask beforehand:
Q1: Does the program help you change eating activity and personal habits?
A goo weight loss program should teach you how to change lifestyle habits like eating habits and exercise habits. Then you can effectively control your weight gain.
Q2: Does the team include a variety of qualified health professionals?
A good weight loss program should include but not limited to nutritionists, registered dietitians, doctors, nurses, psychologists, and exercise physiologists.
You need to be evaluated by a physician if you have any health problems, are currently taking any medicine or plan on taking any medicine, or plan to lose more than 15 to 20 pounds.
If your weight-control plan uses a very low-calorie diet (a special liquid formula that replaces all food for 1 to 4 months), an exam and follow-up visits by a doctor are needed.
Q3: Can you learn how to deal with times when you may feel stressed and slip back to old habits?
Your weight loss program should teach you long-term strategies to deal with weight problems you may have in the future.
These strategies might include things like setting up a support group and establishing a physical activity routine.
Q4: Is the program goal is keeping the weight off? How long is this phase?
The best weight loss program teaches you skills and techniques to make permanent changes in eating habits and exercise habits, so that you can prevent weight gain.
Always remind yourself that maintaining weight loss is very important.
Q5: Are the food choices in the program flexible and suitable? Are weight goals set by the client and the health professional?
While a weight loss program should provide a diet low in sugar, carbs, calories and unhealthy fats, it also need to consider your food likes and dislikes and your lifestyle.
And the weight goals should be tailored individually to fit your personal goal.
There are other questions you can ask about how well a weight-loss program works.
Because many programs don’t gather this information, you may not get answers. But it’s still important to ask them:
What percentage of people complete the program?
What is the average weight loss in people who finish the program?
What percentage of people have problems or side effects? What are they?
Are there fees or costs for additional items, such as dietary supplements?
Remember, quick weight loss methods may not provide lasting results.
Weight-loss methods that rely on diet aids like drinks, prepackaged foods, or diet pills cannot help you in the long run.
Whether you lose weight on your own or with a group, remember that the most important changes are long term.
No matter how much weight you have to lose, modest goals and a slow course will increase your chances of both losing the weight and keeping it off.
This article is originally published on iHealth Living.