When you are considering participating in a weight loss program, the first thing you need to do is speak to your doctor. Get checked over and discuss your aims for losing weight and ask questions. A weight loss program can mean a big investment in time, effort and sometimes cost. There are so many weight management systems and diet products flooding the market, so where do you start.
The first thing you need to do is have a realistic idea about how much weight you want (and need) to lose. Losing 1-2 pounds of body weight a week is a sensible target if you want to achieve permanent weight loss. Having a strong reason for losing weight and focusing on it regularly will also help to keep you motivated in the weeks ahead.
It is important that before committing to any program, you do your research. There is a lot of rubbish and pure fantasy out there that promises the earth. Just remember that if something sounds to good to be true, then it most probably is. You may need to try a couple before finding one that suits you, so try not to invest too much time or money before deciding it is right for you.
A good weight loss program should:-
Come with a full money back guarantee.
Not require expensive supplements or equipment or high ongoing fees.
Should combine health eating habits with regular exercise.
Should allow you to consume enough calories to stay nourished (at least 1200 a day).
Should be measurable and workable Should be realistic Should not put your health at risk.
The main reason that a lot of diet programs do not provide long term success, is because they simply are not sustainable in the long term. A good weight loss program should educate you and a diet should be about making long term permanent changes to your lifestyle. If all a diet provides you with is a temporary fix to lose some quick pounds, then you will soon put the weight back on and feel more frustrated than ever. We can all survive on a lot less calories and nourishment in the short term if we crash diet and yes, the weight may tumble off. But this can not be sustained in the long term and the weight will come back.
So choose your weight loss program carefully and find one you can live with.