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Saturday, December 30, 2006

Selecting a Safe and Effective Weight Loss Plan

By Sara Aponte

Choosing from the never ending amount of weight-loss programs is a difficult task. There are many weight loss plans that are introduced to the public everyday as a quick, easy, effective way to lose weight. One plan that might work wonders for one person might be completely ineffective for another. The ultimate goal of any weight-loss plan isn’t just to lose weight, but to keep it off.

Too many people who are trying to lose weight jump back and forth from a restrictive diet to their normal, unhealthy eating habits after they have experienced some weight-loss. This sort of “yo-yo” dieting puts enormous amounts of stress on your body and can make future weight loss more difficult. It also makes weight gain far too easy because it throws your metabolism off. For this reason, it is important to select a weight-loss plan that will help you make changes to your eating habits that will last a lifetime.

For you to be able to succeed in achieving your weight loss goals, first you must ensure that your goals are clear and reasonable. Write all the details down in a weight-loss journal. These goals will serve as a contract to yourself to help you persevere until you achieve your goals.

Make yourself familiar with any available weight loss plans. It’s crucial to gather as much information as you possibly can before starting any plans. Research the company or person offering the plan. Make certain that the person or company offering the plan is credible and respectable in the health department. This task is easily done on the Internet, but can be done by asking a relative or friend, consulting your doctor, or a respectable health expert.

Many weight-loss plans are expensive because they require you eat specific foods. It’s recommended to opt for a plan that allows a wide variety of foods if you need a program that works with your low budget. This usually allows you to get a larger variety of nutrients than some strict eating plans. Weight-loss plans that say you can lose 20 pounds in a week are tempting to anyone, but how true will those results be in a month from now? Choosing a weight-loss plan thats provides you with steady, healthy weight loss helps you adapt to the lifestyle change for a long lasting result.

It’s certainly helpful to select a weight-loss plan that offers support groups. Achieving true weight-loss means changing your lifestyle. Being involved with a support group greatly increases your chances of weight-loss success. Support groups are great if you have any questions that you would like to ask, or need some clarification on any information. Anytime you are having trouble with your weight-loss plan, you have someone to talk to. Support groups can offer solutions to your problems because they have already experience what you are going through.

Unfortunately there are no magic drinks or diet pills that can reduce your body fat in an instant. Motivation and dedication are important aspects when you engage yourself in a weight loss and diet program.

My name is Sara and i was born in the USA. For more information visit my weight loss blog.

1 comment:

weight loss said...

I went from 142 down to 127 and have kept it off and I feel great! My advice is to stay away from the fads unless your the type of person who NEEDS crazy rules in order to discipline yourself. Just keep track of your calories and incorporate activities into your life that you really enjoy and burn the calories. For me it was rock climbing and swimming.