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August 3, 2009 at 11:16 AMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Weight Loss Programs for Energy and Vitality

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Open up any magazine or flip on your television late at night, and your bound to be bombarded with weight loss advertisements and articles. With so much to choose from, it can be confusing and baffling to anyone. What are the right weight loss programs? Will they help me with my energy and vitality? How do I choose the right one? Where do I start?

What is a successful weight loss program?

A successful weight loss program is one that integrates healthy eating and proper nutrition with physical exercise. The program should be a slow and steady progression of weight loss, with long term healthiness in mind.

Am I ready to start a weight loss program?

Before you begin your program, you should ask yourself these questions:

  • Am I ready and motivated to change?
  • Do I have any relevant distractions?
  • How realistic am I about my weight loss goals?
  • Can I change my eating habits?
  • Can I increase physical activities?

How do I select a weight loss program?

Choosing a program can be difficult, and you may want to consult a physician before choosing one. Research as much as you can about your own health and frame your plan around these questions:

  • How much weight do I need to lose?
  • Does my weight affect my health?
  • What is my weight loss goal?
  • What can I do the change my eating habits?
  • How is my physical activity, and what do I need to do to change it?

Once the initial research is complete, choose a program that is not a "fad" diet, but one that is safe and based on healthy lifestyle changes. Good programs should include:

  • Eating plans that are healthy and do not restrict certain food groups
  • Including physical activity
  • Weight loss that is steady and moderate
  • Long term weight maintenance plan
  • A program that is flexible, and you are comfortable with
  • An understandable price structure

What are some other ways to maximize my weight loss efforts?

Weight loss efforts can be maximized in many different ways:

  • Eat foods that you enjoy
  • Take up a positive attitude
  • Enjoy physical activities that you do
  • Set goals

Why is weight loss so important?

Weight loss is important for your overall health and wellness. Heart disease and stroke is the leading causes of death in the United States, and decreasing your weight means decreasing your chances of both. It also reduces the risk of certain kinds of cancer, improves sleep apnea, and prevents type 2 diabetes.

Sources:

http://win.niddk.nih.gov/publications/choosing.htm

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/weight-loss/NU00266

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