How choose a weight loss program for 2017
My very first recommendation is to choose a program that focuses on overall health, not just foods allowed and not allowed. Changing your lifestyle is the only way to experience long term weight loss!
Look for a program that:
1. Has a plan to keep the weight off over long term, which means it lasts longer than a specific number of days (like…21 or 30 for example).
2. There are health professionals available for guidance on how to develop healthier eating and physical activity habits. Downloading a generic list of foods you’re not allowed to eat will not lead to a successful lifestyle change!
3. The program has ongoing monitoring, and support for accountability.
4. Slow and steady weight-loss is recommended (from ½ to 2 pounds per week, although weight loss may be faster at the start of a program). Empty promises of losing 20# in one month is unsafe, ineffective and a waste of money!
Ask these questions:
- Does the program offer one-on-one counseling that will help me develop healthier habits?
- Do I have to follow a specific meal plan or keep food records?
- Do I have to buy special meals or supplements?
- If the program requires special foods, can I make changes?
- Will the program help me be more physically active?
- Will the program work with my lifestyle and cultural needs?
- Does the program include a plan to help me not regain the weight lost
Ask about credentials
- Who supervises the program?
- What type of weight-control certifications, education, experience, and training do the staff have?
Ask about the risks
- Could the program hurt me?
- Could the suggested drugs or supplements harm my health?
- Do the participants communicate at all with a doctor?
- Is there ongoing input and follow-up from a health care provider to ensure my safety?
Ask about the cost
- What is the total cost of the program?
- Are there other costs, such as membership fees, fees for weekly visits, and payments for food, meal replacements, supplements, or other products?
- Are there other fees for medical tests?
- Are there fees for a follow-up program after I lose weight?
Ask about typical results
- How much weight does the average person lose?
- How long does the average person keep the weight off?
- Do you have written information on these results
An alternative to a weight loss program:
· Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.”- From the world-renowned meditation teacher Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD.
· Research shows how mindfulness benefits patients with cardiovascular disease, depression, chronic pain, and cancer, and studies report decreased stress levels and increased quality of life.
· People who restrict their eating often under-eat because the calorie intake specified by a weight loss program has not been tailored to their specific energy needs.
· When under eating takes place, the hormone ghrelin increases over this time period. This can lead to ravenous hunger. Eventually, in response to this hunger, these individuals will “fail the diet” by overeating and even food binging. In response to intense hunger, people may also eat more quickly, which doesn’t allow certain hormones to signal fullness cues. Conversely, mindful eating relies on hunger and fullness cues and does and avoids “off limits” foods.
· For more information on my personal journey with mindful eating, please visit http://cassandragolden.com/cassandras-story.php
Are you ready for a lifestyle change?
I can help! I would be more than happy to answer each one of these questions for you to learn about the long term weight loss programs offered by Nutrition Nibbles Consulting, LLC! Please don’t hesitate to message me through the website, Facebook, Instagram or through NutritionNibbles@gmail.com!
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- Source: The principles of mindful eating. The Center for Mindful Eating website. http://tcme.org/principles.htm.
- Source: US Dept. of Health & Human Services. Choosing a Safe and Successful Weight-Loss Program. https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-topics/weight-control/choosing-safe-successful-weight-loss-program/Pages/choosing-safe-successful-weight-loss-program.aspx