With thousands of weight loss programs available on the market today, and different people touting the benefits of all of them, it is difficult to decide which program is the right one for you. The following are important tips to finding your optimal weight management plan.
First, you must decide if you really need to lose weight by asking yourself the following questions:
1. Are you living a healthy lifestyle? Living a healthy lifestyle means you eat healthy diets, exercise regularly and rest well. So ask yourself are you generally more physically active or sedentary? Are you eating healthy foods and sleep well at night?
2. What is your family history? Does high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, or other weight-related ailments run in your family? If so, then it's extremely important that you maintain a healthy weight.
3. What do your health tests show? If your cholesterol and/or blood pressure levels are high and you're in the overweight or obese category, it's important that you lose weight. Even if you're not overweight but if your cholesterol and blood pressure levels are high, you must watch your diets and exercise regularly.
4. How do you feel? Overweight, joint pain, shortness of breath, trouble sleeping and moodiness are all sure signs that losing weight is a must.
Now you've decided that you need to lose weight, how do you choose the right weight loss program? Below are some useful tips to help you find your optimal weight management plan:
1. If you are very overweight or obese, choose the structured weight loss program with a guidance or nutritionist and a support group. Losing large amount of weight is not an easy task, you will need all the help and encouragement from a professional and group of people who have the same mindset or goals with you.
2. If you're slightly or moderately overweight, what you need is knowledge and commitment to transform into a more healthy lifestyle. Choose a weight loss program that teaches you how to do portion control, proper nutrition, more conscious in food choices and provide a systematic exercise regimen.
3. Make sure the diet is safe. Any diet should include all of the recommended daily allowances for vitamins, minerals and protein. Consult with your doctor or nutritionist if you're unsure about any particular diet in a weight loss program.
4. Beware of hype! Ignore those diet or weight loss programs that promise you to lose weight fast such as 30 pounds in 30 days. This is not natural and can have dangerous side effects. Remember that losing weight is a process, it needs time and it happens slowly. Often the first two weeks of a diet will result in rapid weight loss due to the loss of fluid. This weight will generally be regained when you return to a more normal diet.
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