Consumers continue to spend billions every year on weight loss products, yet the obesity rates are still increasing. With so many options of programs available in the market, it is advisable to choose a program that promotes behavior change. An effective program should recommend healthy dietary habits, help you change your lifestyle habits and improve your physical activity. Many people assume being overweight is a temporary problem that can be treated with a strict diet, over a few months. However, weight control is a lifelong effort. All workouts should address long-term approaches. Otherwise, the program will end up being a waste of time and money. A good weight loss program has:
- Behavior change
Generally, weight maintenance can prove challenging if not implemented consistently. Therefore, an effective program should contain proper weight maintenance plans, to avoid regaining lost weight. The program should help you think in a completely different way to ensure long-term success. It should replace faulty thinking with productive, positive patterns of thinking to support your defined health goals.
- Credible & safe
A quality program should be facilitated by a credited provider, such as a registered dietician, health coach, licensed psychologist/counselor, certified fitness professional and licensed medical professional (e.g. registered nurse and physician). In addition, an effective program should be safe. Therefore, it is advisable for your health status to be evaluated by a healthcare provider before enrolling yourself for a particular weight loss program. The provider will be in a position to offer all the necessary precautions.
- Flexible & realistic
Typically, workouts that promote rigid exercise plans or rigid diets are doomed to fail. A quality program should be flexible enough, by taking into consideration your preference for physical activity and food. To ensure long-term success, a program should support a lifestyle change that you will be able to live with. An effective program should promote realistic outcomes. Therefore, programs that purport to do ‘loss of 20 pounds in a week’, though eye-catching are unrealistic. This is because permanent weight loss is achieved by a gradual loss of ½ pound to 2 pounds every week. A program that does not list data on the average level of weight loss and long-term follow-up of participants is questionable.
- Regular exercise
Physical exercise is the backbone of an effective program. Proper exercises help to keep off weight, counteract emotional eating, boost brainpower and improves mood. Therefore, an effective program should seek to promote tips of making physical activity an important part of everyday living.