Weight loss programmes - how to choose one to suit you

There is a huge range of different weight loss plans or programmes that you can choose from, and although any particular one can’t be named as the best or most successful weight loss programme, certain plans will suit your lifestyle much better than others, and will therefore give you much better results.

A quick look on the internet can leave many people feeling overwhelmed by the different weight loss plans and ideas, pills, diets, potions and strategies. However, for effective weight management it’s important to stick to the responsible diets and ignore the ones promising spectacular results in only a few days. These are most unlikely to work, and could even be dangerous.

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.

Weight loss tailored to your body

The weight loss programme most likely to succeed will be one best matched to your body and lifestyle. In other words, it will be right for your age and gender, and take into account any disabilities, illnesses, or weak areas, and whether you have any particular dietary needs (such as being lactose intolerant, vegetarian, vegan etc).

Five tips to help you chose the right weight loss programme:

1. Exercise

A good weight loss diet will usually include an exercise programme to complement the new, healthier food regime. Even if it’s gentle exercise, it’s very important to do it regularly to help burn fat and tone muscles. Slim people are rarely still – even when at home they’re often fiddling and fidgeting, getting up and down, burning the calories in an incidental way. Larger people can often sit for hours in the same place, without getting up. If you don’t want to join a gym or meet regularly for exercise, you could try moving around your home more, making the effort to get up and do things even when you don’t want to. The best option is to adhere to the exercise schedule included with your weight loss programme, which should also be tailored to suit your body and limitations. For example, if you have a bad back or aching knees, your exercises should not exacerbate these problems.

2. Lifestyle

Make sure the weight loss programme you choose can easily fit in with your lifestyle. In other words, if you spend a lot of time at work sitting down, do you have some evenings free for exercise? Or perhaps you can get up earlier and exercise in the morning. A lot of people combine getting to work with exercise to kill two birds with one stone. Cycling or jogging to work can save you money and help lose weight. Is there a gym or exercise group nearby that you get to without a lot of bother? In order to keep the motivation going, you will need as few obstacles to exercise as possible, otherwise it’s all too easy to make an excuse. Make sure you’re in charge of the shopping: If it’s not in your cupboard, you can’t eat it. So if you only buy healthy foods this is the only option available when you search for a snack.

3. Recommendations

If you’re considering joining a weight loss programme, the best way to find out if it works or not is to ask people who’ve already been through it. Avoid being sucked in by hype and advertising, and get a genuine appraisal by chatting to previous or present members. Word of mouth is one of the best ways to find the right weight loss scheme to suit you.

4. Balance

It’s a good idea to look for a weight loss plan that seems balanced and doesn’t require you to cut out a food group completely, or focus only on one type of food. Slim people don’t only eat certain foods, or cut out whole food groups – a balanced diet is essential for maintaining general good health, and your weight loss plan should reflect this. Essential vitamins, minerals, oils, and fats are found across all food groups, so cutting one out could deprive your body of a much needed dietary element.

5. The big names

If you’re unsure about which weight loss plan to go for, sticking to one of the big names is the safest option. The reason they’re so well-known is because they do work – although you have to stick by the rules and work with them to achieve the result you’re looking for. Some weight loss plans allow you to try it first for free or a reduced rate, giving you enough time to assess whether it’ll work for you and fit in with your lifestyle before you pay the full membership fees.

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