You step on the scale in the morning and are surprised by what you see. Over the past year, you’ve put on 15, 20, or more pounds. You feel uncomfortable with the way you look, your clothing no longer fits, and you do not like the way that others react to you. You realize that you need to lose weight. Maybe you’re thinking about using a weight-loss program.
A quick search online makes it clear that programs designed to help you lose weight are a dime a dozen. They are literally advertised everywhere. Many of these programs promise to help you lose large amounts of weight in a short period of time. They may even offer stunning before and after images of individuals who went from being in a similar situation like yours to now looking like models off the cover of a magazine.
How can you determine the right weight-loss program for you? How do you know if the program is safe? How do you know if it will help you keep the weight off for the long haul?
First, you need to speak to a medical professional or someone who works in the field of diet and nutrition when determining which program is going to be right for you. Working with these individuals will help you make changes in your exercise routine, diet, and other lifestyle considerations all with the goal of helping you lose weight and keeping the weight off for a long period of time.
How to Start Finding the Correct Weight-Loss Program for You
As we mentioned, a good place to start is talking with your doctor. Doctors do not routinely bring up the issue of weight and diet, so you may need to have the courage to broach the subject. This can be difficult, especially if you’re not comfortable talking about your weight. Something that can help you in this regard is to think about your current health and weight, think about where you want to be, and then envision the steps you will need to take for this to become a reality.
Make a list. Start writing down questions you may have for your medical professional in advance. If you have a trusted friend or family member, bring them along with you. They may be able to ask questions that you might not have thought of.
Some questions that you may want to ask your healthcare professional include:
- How much weight should I lose?
- What is a healthy weight for me?
- Are my medications causing me to put on weight?
- How much physical activity should I include in my daily schedule?
- With my current health, can I exercise safely?
- Would you recommend weight-loss surgery?
Your medical professional is not going to make the final recommendation for you as far as a weight loss program is concerned. Those decisions will be up to you. However, the feedback they give you will help you get started down the process of finding the right program to help you lose weight.
What Should You Expect from a Weight-Loss Program?
You know you need to lose weight, but you may not know what characteristics a good program for weight loss would include. First and foremost, you want a program that focuses on your overall health. Having good overall health is essential for keeping the weight off. Any program that solely focuses on what you eat will not produce long-term results.
Many people are attracted to fad diets because these fad diets offer a simple solution with quick, straightforward results. They may tell you to eliminate products or groups of products from your diet. You may see some good results by doing that. But what they don’t tell you is that as soon as you go back to your regular style of eating, you will quickly put on weight again. It’s likely that you will put on more weight than what you’ve lost.
A good program for losing weight is going to teach you how to change your lifestyle. This is not easy. Taking on healthy eating habits and managing your weight in the long run requires focus, hard work, and determination. However, a good program will teach you ways to keep the weight off permanently. This is done by encouraging and reinforcing healthy behaviors. This is also done by finding a weight-loss program that you can realistically stick to on a daily basis.
Your weight loss should be effective and safe. This means that you should expect your program to include:
- A plan for long-term weight removal.
- Support and guidance on developing a healthier lifestyle.
- Feedback and monitoring from a trusted source.
- Slow, steady, yet sustainable weight loss. For most people, this is between half a pound and two pounds per week.
There are healthy programs that might encourage low-calorie diets. In most cases, these low-calorie diets are a temporary phase of the overall weight-loss program. And while an individual is eating low calories, they are under close medical supervision.
Should I Use a Program Online?
There are a number of weight management programs that are either fully or partially organized online. Many are attracted to these because they are able to follow the program without leaving the comfort of their home.
While we are not saying that all online weight management programs are necessarily bad, it is good to consider who is supervising the program and what type of background, experience, and certifications these individuals have.
A number of weight-loss programs offered online require you to do a lot of work. You have to keep records of the foods you eat, buy special supplements, and make drastic changes in the foods that you eat. Unfortunately, these programs do little to encourage people to become physically active. They do not provide guidance on how to perform activities or how to carry out different physical exercises. Many online programs fail to provide the support that you may need when dealing with social issues, like family get-togethers, holidays, injuries, or overall lack of motivation.
Weight Loss Dangers to Be Aware Of
The old axiom “If it is too good to be true, it probably is” definitely applies when it comes to weight management programs. In order to lose weight, your body needs to burn more calories than you ingest. While weight loss is more complicated than just a simple mathematical equation of calories in and calories out, any program that ignores this fact will not work.
Be leery of programs that promise you the ability to lose a lot of weight without ever dieting or exercising, like programs that say you can eat whatever you want and lose weight. Programs that offer you the ability to lose large amounts of weight in a short period of time should be a definite no-no.
Any program that says it can help you lose weight in a specific part of your body is lying to you. Any program that shows you before and after photographs that seem just too good to be true should be avoided.
What a Good Weight-Loss Program Looks like
As we’ve mentioned a number of times, a good weight-loss program is one that tackles your immediate concerns while at the same time gives you the tools, the support, and the reinforcement needed to make weight loss a long-term thing.
A good program will never introduce products, exercises, or pharmaceuticals that could potentially harm you. Instead, they will put you in contact with medical professionals who understand weight loss and who are committed to helping you lose weight in a safe and healthy way.
A good program is going to be overseen by certified healthcare professionals. A good program will work with your healthcare provider if needed in helping to address potential conflicts that may arise between the health care program and your existing medical conditions. A good program is going to have a medical staff that is going to follow up on your safety while you take part in the program.
Open and honest communication is key when it comes to weight loss. You want a weight management program that’s going to be honest about the amount of weight an average person can lose. You want them to help you see how long the majority of their clients keep the weight off, and you want them to be able to provide you written documentation of the results they have had.
Find the Program That’s Right for You
Finding a good weight-loss program can be a challenge, but it is not impossible. We have been successful in helping individuals just like you to identify the causes for their weight gain and create a long-term weight-loss solution that meets their needs.
Our weight-loss program is safe and effective. If you are concerned about your weight and want to do something about it, we warmly invite you to contact us today! Schedule a consultation with us and let us show you how long-term weight loss can be a reality for you. Neurosurgery and Beyond is conveniently located in Sacramento, CA.