Obesity Help

Obesity Help Through Weight Loss Programs

Experts agree that the best way to lose weight is to follow a sensible eating plan and engage in regular physical activity. If you're interested in a weight loss program, it should encourage healthy behaviors that can help you lose weight and maintain that weight loss over time.
There are two different types of weight loss programs: clinical and nonclinical. Understanding what a good program can offer and what to watch out for may help you choose a program that will work for you. Safe and effective programs for weight loss should include these components:
  • Healthy eating plans that reduce calories but do not rule out specific foods or food groups
  • Regular physical activity and/or exercise instruction
  • Tips on healthy behavioral changes that also consider your cultural needs
  • Slow and steady weight loss of about ¾ to 2 pounds per week and not more than 3 pounds per week (weight loss may be faster at the start of a program)
  • Medical care if you are planning to lose weight by following a special formula diet, such as a low-calorie diet
  • A plan to keep the weight off after you have lost it.

Final Thoughts on Help for Obesity

Weight control is a lifelong effort, and having realistic expectations about weight loss is an important consideration. It's also important to realize that lifestyle change requires hard work, a long-term commitment, and possibly some sacrifices along the way.
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