If you would like to lose some weight, and keep it off, then you are not alone. Millions of people across the country are in the same position supporting an industry estimated to be worth over £11.2billion a year. Weight Watchers alone claims to have over a million members, while the Dr Atkins book has sold over ten million copies.
This leaves you with a mind-numbing variety of options, from patches to shakes, group meetings to full menus. Worse still, many of these seem to be offering contradictory advice about what you should and should not eat.
So how do you choose a plan that’s right for you and will bring you success, not just in the short term, but for the rest of your life? How can you get past the expensive advertising and unbelievable claims and get to the truth that really matters? Here are a few questions you should ask to make sure you choose a plan that will work for you and that you can stick to in the long term.
This article is written by Jackie Griffiths, a freelance journalist who writes health, medical, biological, and pharmaceutical articles for national and international journals, newsletters and web sites.
Are weight loss plans safe?
This may seem the most obvious of all, but there have been countless diet plans through the years that have neglected the basic demands of the human body in their single minded drive towards weight loss.
You need to ensure that your plan includes the recommended daily allowance of all the essential vitamins and minerals you need to stay healthy. It’s not unheard of for people to suffer malnutrition as a result of a strict diet regime. Your diet also needs to include enough calories to keep you going, even if these are restricted. A diet of around 1,200 calories a day for women, and 1,500 calories a day for men should result in a healthy weight loss.