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Best Weight Loss Programs

Best Weight Loss Programs

Diets for fast weight loss . . . or
low carb diets . . . or diets for
fast weight loss naturally?

What are you looking for? How do you compare
one weight loss program with another?

Everyone wants to lose weight fast and easy. And many of us search among the advertised best weight loss programs looking for fast and easy.

And let's face it. There are programs and diet pills available to make that possible. But are they healthy? Will they help you to maintain your ideal weight in the long run?

All of the "best" weight loss programs have certain elements or features in common. Here are some questions to help you evaluate which program is best for you:

Do you prefer to be on your own, or do you like the support of a structured program? Before you scoff at a structured program consider this: When it comes to successful weight loss and a program of regular exercise, how much self-discipline do you really have?

Does the program provide coaching designed to help you change your eating habits; your thoughts about eating; and your personal habits?

What are the credentials of the program? Is it based on one or two people's personal experience? Or is there a staff of doctors, nutritionists, exercise physiologists and scientists who have researched this for a number of years? Hint: When deciding if you've got one of the best weight loss programs, look to see if it's backed by a staff of veterans.

Are there techniques or training available to get you through the rough times? To help you when you're faced with a lot of stress or you just slip back into your old bad habits?

What long-term strategies does the diet program offer? For example: Does it have a long-term support system (or some training for you to develop your own tools)? And does it help you establish levels of physical activity to prevent weight gain?

Does the weight loss program include a phase for "keeping the weight off?" And how long is this phase? You want the program to teach you skills and techniques for permanent changes in your eating habits along with physical activities to prevent weight gain.

Do you like the food choices? How flexible is the eating plan? Is the eating plan compatible with your lifestyle? In other words, will you eat the food and enjoy it? And can you prepare the food without completely turning your life upside down?

You're in this for the long haul. The best weight loss programs have a diet plan you can easily live with for the rest of your life. This doesn't mean you won't have some initial struggles and challenges as you make the adjustments in your daily living. I encourage you to be excited as you establish new attitudes about eating and exercise that will keep you fit and healthy for the rest of your life.

Here are a few more questions you ought to ask when evaluating whether you're about to choose wisely among the best weight loss programs. You may not get answers to all of these because many programs don't collect this information, but ask just in case.

What percentage of people finish the program?

What is the average weight loss among people who complete the diet program?

Of those who finish, on average how long do they maintain their new weight?

What percentage of people have problems or side effects? What are these problems?

Are there any other fees? Any fees, for example, for additional items such as dietary supplements?

Final thoughts: Quick, fast weight loss programs don't yield lasting results. So whether you lose weight on your own or with a group, remember you want long-term changes.

Regardless of how much weight you have to lose (see Weight Assessment & BMI to help you determine how much you should lose), modest targets and a slower, steady course will not only improve your ability to lose the weight, but also your ability to keep it off. Plans with these elements are truly among the best weight loss programs available.

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