Choosing a Weight Loss Program


The search for effective weight loss programs is presently at peak. Many people in real need bear the muddle of hyped drugs and untested innovations, outright fraud and deception in the effort to reduce their weight and maintain healthy bodies. With thousands of daily online searches for quick weight loss programs, real vulnerability is evident. To avoid regrets and fraud, individuals intending to lose weight should get the help and service of weight loss professionals. Established clinics, training seminars and conferences, and weight loss camps are just some essential professional programs where you can learn correct lifestyle and habits for losing weight.

Why Use Professional Programs

There are numerous clinics, online or otherwise, with trained staffs to help individuals take long steps forward with their weight loss ambitions. Such professionals have the ability to design workable programs, custom diet and exercise plans, and offer positive guidance and motivation to needy individuals. Many clinics have qualified doctors, counselors, health educators and other professionals to help individuals by offering friendly and expert plans. Professionals will always commit to all-round personal nutritional instruction, comprehensive answers to questions, cookbooks, diet plan books, written prescriptions, confidential physician visits, and lifestyle changes.

Body Composition Measurements and Tests

Professional weight loss programs are evidence-based. Tests such as blood pressure, blood work, body composition analysis and measurement are performed to ensure safety and effectiveness of the program. When the regular consultations include valuable insights and personal reinforcement the path to weight loss success is crystal-clear. BMI measurement is commonly used to determine whether individuals are overweight, but is never always the basis for deciding on diet programs. Since the BMI is calculated using weight and height, it lacks the capacity to distinguish fat free mass from body fat.  Fat free mass comprises of bones, water and muscle, and getting this measurement helps in determination of the body’s metabolism. Higher free fat mass indicates a higher metabolic rate. Individuals who know their free fat mass will learn to set their weight loss goals and work towards them. Other useful indices to measure for effective weight loss include body mass index (BMI), basal metabolic rate (BMR), fat percentage (FP), and total body water (TBW).

After tests, professionals evaluate the individual’s lifestyle, needs, routines and goals before selecting workable plans. Meal planning instruction will follow instructions, and some supplement may be prescribed depending on the person’s needs, but the individuals are only taught to use their own food. Moreover, pre-packaged foods have been proved to be unnecessary for maintaining optimum body weight and health, and may not be prescribed by experts. Professionally designed programs also include precise and systematic observation of intake versus caloric expenditure for stabilization after weight goals have been achieved. Maintenance programs ensure that the new lifestyle remains permanent and the lost weight cannot be regained.

Trustworthy Lifestyle Changes

Using physician-directed weight loss programs means getting one-on-one counseling and support, which is invaluable for the success of lifestyle changes.

Medically-supervised programs ensure that the body is fed on exactly what is necessary, is never at risk because of weight loss, and has sufficient energy to carry out daily tasks. Generally, good lifestyle changes entail eating breakfast constantly, eating small meals, planning meals in advance, commitment to exercise, drinking plenty of water, increasing the protein content of the diet and avoidance of extreme measures (such as under-eating to lose weight). With professional guidance, additional dietary protein will not lead to heath risks like stroke, kidney stones, osteoporosis and heart disease.

Are you interested in losing weight? Ignore the drug fads, one-fits-all programs, dietary trials and all other attempts. Just settle for professional advice!

About the author: Mary Stedul is a freelance writer, currently writing weight loss and health related articles for On Track Retreats, popular health retreat in NSW. She is also writes her own blog covering woman’s health, children and family.


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