Weight Loss Guru

Weight Loss Plan

     A weight loss plan is a plan that either features an eating plan or regular exercise, or a combination of both. There are literally thousands of plans available to people and you often have the option of having the plan tailored to your specific needs.

     Experts agree that the best way to reach a healthy weight is to follow a sensible eating plan and engage in regular physical activity. Weight-loss programs should encourage healthy behaviors that help you lose weight and you should be able to maintain this over time. Safe and effective weight-loss programs should include:

- Healthy eating plans that reduce calories but do not rule out specific foods or food groups
- Regular physical activity and/or exercise instruction
- Tips on healthy behavior changes that also consider your cultural needs
- Slow and steady weight loss of about to 2 pounds per week and not more than 3 pounds per week (weight loss may be faster at the start of a program)
- Medical care if you are planning to lose weight by following a special formula diet, such as a very-low-calorie diet
- A plan to keep the weight off after you have lost it

     Gather as much information as you can before deciding to join a program. Providers of weight loss programs should be able to answer these questions:

-What does the weight loss program consist of?
- What are the staff qualifications?
- Does the product or program carry any risks?
- How much does the program costs?
- What results do participants typically have?
- Does the program offer individual counseling and/or group classes?
- Do you have to follow a specific meal plan or keep food records?
- Do you have to purchase special food, drugs, or supplements?
- Does the program encourage you to be physically active, follow a specific physical activity plan, or provide exercise instruction?
- Does the program provide information on how to make positive and healthy behavior changes?
- Is the program sensitive to your lifestyle and cultural needs?

Related Links

Types of Programs
Thoughts In Mind
Principles & Maintenance
Popular Programs